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How the Dream Team idea came about

USA Basketball's dream teams have lost their luster and appeal. They might even lose the gold.

Updated: August 12, 2002, 11:38 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

Funny thing about these dream teams. They seem to get less and less dreamlike as the years go by.

There was, of course, only one Dream Team and the moniker should have been retired immediately after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. That may well have been the greatest basketball team ever assembled (old timers will counter with the 1960 Olympic team which featured Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Adrian Smith, 19-year-old Terry Dischinger and Walt Bellamy.)

The 1992 team was the ...

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