On Aug. 8 in 1992, Team USA defeated Croatia 117-85 to win the Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
It was the first time that NBA players were allowed to compete in the Olympics, following a decision by FIBA in April of 1989.
That squad went an unbeaten 8-0 in those Olympics, en route to regaining the gold medal for Team USA in the men's basketball category.
Team USA's 12-man roster that went to Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics included 11 professional athletes from the NBA.
Here's a look at that illustrious and legendary roster:
|Magic Johnson||Point Guard|
|John Stockton||Point Guard|
|Michael Jordan||Shooting Guard|
|Clyde Drexler||Shooting Guard|
|Scottie Pippen||Small Forward|
|Larry Bird||Small Forward|
|Chris Mullin||Small Forward|
|Charles Barkley||Power Forward|
|Karl Malone||Power Forward|
|Christian Laettner||Power Forward|
Crossing the 100-point mark in every game, the squad dominated their games and won by an average margin of 43.8 points.
The victory helped Team USA re-capture the gold medal, something they had failed to do in two of three and three of the five previous Olympics.
|Group A, Game 1||Jul. 26, 1992||Angola||W, 116-48|
|Group A, Game 2||Jul. 27, 1992||Croatia||W, 103-70|
|Group A, Game 3||Jul. 29, 1992||Germany||W, 111-68|
|Group A, Game 4||Jul. 31, 1992||Brazil||W, 127-83|
|Group A, Game 5||Aug. 2, 1992||Spain||W, 122-81|
|Quarterfinal||Aug. 4, 1992||Puerto Rico||W, 115-77|
|Semifinal||Aug. 6, 1992||Lithuania||W, 127-76|
|Final - Gold Medal game||Aug. 8, 1992||Croatia||W, 117-85|
The 1992 squad was elected as a unit to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.
The legacy of that 1992 Dream Team goes way beyond their domination en route to the gold medal. It has been well-documented how future European basketball superstars like Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tony Parker were inspired by this elite collection of talent.
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