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Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever Paperback – April 9, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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)
 
“One of the best basketball books you’ll ever read.”—The New York Post
 
“A great read for basketball junkies.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“[A] stellar retrospective.”—The New York Times

“The Dream Team was one of a kind, and so is this fascinating account of the best basketball team of all time. Jack McCallum, the consummate basketball insider, lures you into the back rooms, living rooms, and locker rooms of this volatile group of superstars with revealing, colorful anecdotes that will make you laugh, cheer, and gasp. This is a terrific read by an all-star journalist.”—Jackie MacMullan, New York Times bestselling co-author of When the Game Was Ours
 
“Perfect book, perfect subject, perfect writer. Dream Team is one of the best sports books I have ever read—a riveting inside look at a once-in-a-lifetime squad at a once-in-a-lifetime moment in time. Jack McCallum has pieced together a masterpiece.”—Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness and Boys Will Be Boys
 
“Jack McCallum is one of my favorite writers on the NBA. If Jack writes it, even if I know the story, I want to read it. He reflects the best of his longtime residence in the glory days of Sports Illustrated: You can see the event, but you still want to know what the reporter has to say about it. Dream Team is a wonderful look back at what will live on not only as one of the NBA’s great times but as a summary of its golden era. Jack beautifully blends what happened then with where-are-they-now? anecdotes, taking you behind the locker-room door with the greatest names of their era. This is such a wonderful read, you can’t help but smiling.”—Sam Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Jordan Rules


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About the Author

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.


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Great insight and stories about the most famous sports team in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By white_wizard55 on May 3, 2014
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Reading Dream Team brought me back to when I was a 14 year old getting to enjoy all the great legends of the NBA at the time on the same team. Getting to watch those great names in action was always such a treat, especially being a Bulls fan and having the privilege of watching MJ and Scottie do their thing on both ends of the court. But in Dream Team, Jack McCallum gives a behind the scenes look at how it all came to be and the controversies and alliances that formed after the team was assembled. I only wish he had given more details on the specifics of the games, but the section on the scrimmage between the players on the team was fun reading and really page-turning. Apparently Michael and Magic didn't always get along when it came to winning and losing.

This was truly the greatest basketball team ever assembled, and this is the definitive account of that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mushfique on January 25, 2015
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Amazingly detailed account of the Dream Team & how they were formed. Who would've thought that the idea of putting NBA players didn''t come from America but from Europe? Some little knows facts pop up every now and then which are invaluable as insights. We get a look into the politics that might have played around in the background. We get a detailed account of each and every player in the dream team too, and how in spite of being competitors they really came together to form one hell of an amazing team. then we see how this affected basketball for the whole world and really took the game to the next level internationally. Brilliant book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heath on January 14, 2015
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Just finished it and I loved it. So many amazing moments brought to life by the greatest team in the history of basketball. And McCallum writes a darn good book, too.
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By Steven Sadowski on February 15, 2015
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After reading a recent article about Michael Jordan, I was searching for further reading about him. I was looking for books about his life that and the little things he did that made him Jordan. However, I came across this tome by former Sports Illustrated NBA beat writer Jack McCallum. Not only do you get some insight on Jordan but also on the rest of the 1992 USA Olympic Basketball team. You get to see the personalities of guys like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley. Every basketball fan in the world knows about the dream team and it even inspired a lot of international players that are in the NBA today. Everybody remembers how good they were and them blowing every team by an average of 43.8 points. Nobody knew the hard work and backdoor politics that this "Dream Team" created. This book gives a pretty interesting account of all that and even splashes in some amusing anecdotes about the team, including the story about the 'Greatest Game Nobody Ever Saw". This book was also an easy breeze. I couldn't put this book down and was able to read it in a day. The writer uses a few superfluous words but nothing you can't handle without a dictionary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dawn gooch on July 5, 2014
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My son LOVES this book. Bought it for his birthday this year.
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By laroja on December 23, 2013
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purchased for a friend of mine who is a NBA fan; he loves it. it covers a ton of information that was left out even in the documentary on the Dream Team. fast shipping.
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You will not put this book down until you finish it. It takes you back to the early 1990s and also inside the "Greatest Game That No One Ever Saw".
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More About the Author


--I make a nice tomato sauce, using bell peppers and vinegar.
--Our family used to have two waverunners that I drove too wildly and served as a poor example for my sons, who also drove too wildly. We don't have them anymore.
--My wife is smarter than I. One of my sons is a farmer and the other is a professor of sociology and both are also smarter than I.
--I'm not sure what else I would've done if I weren't a journalist. I always dreamed about having a TastyKake route at the Jersey shore. I am at the shore much of the summer but have no route, though I do enjoy Tastykakes.
--I played a lot of pickup basketball until I tore my Achilles. My knees aren't great either.
--Though it is more in the romantic tradition of journalism to have an eccentric two-fingered typing style, I type well, owing to a background in piano and a typing class in high school. I now suck at the piano.
--I will talk about my grandson, Oliver, all day. He is also smarter than I even though he's not yet 3.
--My golf game is just good enough to be ultimately disappointing.
--I count myself lucky to have been covering the NBA in the 1980s and early 1990s.



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