NBA TV To Air Documentary Commemorating 20th Anniversary Of Initial Dream Team
NBA TV on June 13 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘92 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team with the debut of “The Dream Team," presented by Right Guard. The 90-minute documentary, produced by NBA Entertainment and narrated by actor Edward Burns, will include unseen footage and interviews with all 12 members of the team. The film will also look into the the selection of the team, the personalities of the players and the team-building experiences in training camp and exhibition games (THE DAILY). In N.Y., Richard Sandomir noted the footage used in the documentary "shows the Dream Team doing something they never did at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona: losing.” A “never-before-seen coaches’ tape” shows a scrimmage the team lost to a "group of top college players.” Although NBA Entertainment covered the Dream Team with its own cameras, the scrimmage tape "was made by USA Basketball.” NBA Entertainment VP/Original Production Dion Cocoros said, “A couple of years ago, when we were starting this project, we asked them ‘What do you have?’” Sandomir noted the documentary also has tape “of a far more famous pre-Olympic scrimmage: Michael Jordan’s team against Magic Johnson’s in Monte Carlo.” Sandomir: “Twenty years is a long time to wait to make a documentary about a major sports event like the Dream Team’s easy ride to a gold medal, especially with so much footage sitting in the league vault.” NBA Entertainment Exec Producer for Production, Programming & Broadcasting Danny Meiseles said, “We never knew when it would air. We just knew we had to document the history” (NYTIMES.com, 5/9).