Dream Team by Jack McCallum


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Basketball and Olympics fans will welcome this nostalgic trip through the recent past.


Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. As a writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird debated the finer points of basketball. And he narrates a riveting account of the legendary intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world, its mystique has only grown. Dream Team vividly re-creates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together and changed the future of sports—one perfectly executed fast break at a time.
With a new Afterword by the author.
“The absolute definitive work on the subject, a perfectly wonderful once-you-pick-it-up-you-won’t-be-able-to-put-it-down book.”—The Boston Globe
“An Olympic hoops dream.”—Newsday
“What makes this volume a must-read for nostalgic hoopsters are the robust portraits of the outsize personalities of the participants, all of whom were remarkably open with McCallum, both then and now.”—Booklist (starred review)

About Jack McCallum

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Jack McCallum is the author of Seven Seconds or Less and a longtime member of the staff of Sports Illustrated. He has edited the weekly SCORECARD section of the magazine, has written scripts for various SI Sportsman of the Year shows, and is currently a contributor to the magazine and SI.com. He has won the Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Women Sports Foundation Media Award and teaches college journalism. He lives with his wife in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Published July 10, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 384 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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on Jun 01 2012

Basketball and Olympics fans will welcome this nostalgic trip through the recent past.

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Below average
Reviewed by WILL LEITCH on Jul 27 2012

The book becomes a laid-back travelogue of Mr. McCallum's career, a narrated notebook dump.

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The Boston Globe

Reviewed by Julian Benbow on Jul 26 2012

...it is hard to fathom in our status-update society that there could be so much we didn’t know about so many of the greatest players in the history of the game.

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Reviewed by MIKE ROSE on Jul 12 2012

Jack McCallum's fascinating new book...explores that team, which easily won the gold medal, from all angles.

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NY Daily News

Reviewed by Sarah Langs on Jul 18 2012

...this is an easily digestible read for basketball fans

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Business Insider

Reviewed by Lorenzo Arguello on Jul 16 2012

t's filled with amazing stories, some we had never heard before, others we simply didn't know all the details of.

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Bleacher Report

Reviewed by Geoff Estes on Aug 26 2012

It was a fast, fun and enjoyable book... I strongly suggest it for all basketball fans.

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Sports Book Review Center

Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Apr 11 2013

McCallum empties the memory book from the Dream Team's days, and adds to the mix interviews will almost everyone involved. You know how the story comes out, of course, but it's a fun read along the way. Nice job, as usual, by McCallum.

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Toronto Review Of Books

Reviewed by Mark Milner on Sep 19 2012

With his detailed look at an iconic team and at its global impact, McCallum’s Dream Team is a fun and informative read.

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Celtics Life

Reviewed by Rob Levenfeld on Jul 30 2012

Each player (and Coach Daly) had individual chapters and significant time devoted to explaining their story and where they came from.

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Reviewed by Beckley Mason on Jul 10 2012

Without being diminished, the expansive, vague legends of the Dream Team are made more defined and real by McCallum’s telling. And we are happier for it.

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