This is great news, you guys. A game we’ve long heard about but have never seen is going to see the light of day. We’re actually going to get to watch the Dream Team lose to a bunch of college players. For realsies.

From the New York Times:

The footage, nearly 20 years old, shows the Dream Team doing something they never did at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona: losing. They faced a group of top college players that included Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Penny Hardaway and Chris Webber, who vowed: “I’m not going to be intimidated.”

The never-before-seen coaches’ tape is part of a documentary, “NBA TV’s The Dream Team, presented by Right Guard,” that will be shown on the league’s network on June 13. In part, the footage shows Webber gleefully jamming and Hurley easily slicing through the Dream Team defense.

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I’ve read about it so many times, heard so many differing stories and am just stoked that we’re going to really get to see it, thanks to a USA Basketball camera that happened to be taping the scrimmage. So great. Can’t wait. Other rhyming words.

Not only that, the documentary is also going to have footage of what pretty much all the Dream Team says is the greatest game they ever played in.

The documentary also has tape — from USA Basketball and NBA Entertainment cameras — of a far more famous pre-Olympic scrimmage: Michael Jordan’s team against Magic Johnson’s in Monte Carlo.

Yes. The fabled Monte Carlo scrimmage, on our televisions. This is just great. It’ll be like seeing tape of The Beatles’ first performance with Ringo at Hulme Hall, only this is real. Even if this documentary is chock-full of Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson fighting each other to mispronounce words, it’s going to be amazing.

Getting to see a bunch of legends in their primes — plus a bunch of young guys who would eventually become All-Stars beating them even if Chuck Daly did kind of throw the scrimmage — will be awesome and I don’t care if you disagree. June 13, hurry up and get here.

Comments (23)

  1. I wish I could set my DVR that far ahead of time. This is going to be awesome.

  2. Sounds sweet. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the Dream Team.. I’m getting old.

  3. Is it wrong that I have a nostalgia boner right now?

  4. Any kind of boner about this is fine. I have a standard one, I’m so excited.

  5. Magic Team vs. MJ Team???
    This is porn for basketball lovers!!!

  6. 20 years later and Coach K looks EXACTLY the same.

  7. By the way, you all should read “the Golden Boys” by Cameron Stauth.

    GREAT read about the Dream Team.

  8. Wow, this is ridiculously amazing…I am the world’s biggest Jordan fan, words do not do this justice.

    Thanks for the news, read it first through #TBJ.

    My new website is all about Jordan-era NBA, with polls and interactivity. Please drop by and check it out?

  9. Awesome, and I think it was Webber who said on TNT that in the “rematch” they did not score a single point against a vengeful Dream Team

  10. The rematch is what I would like to see. You know, when the Team actually showed up and destroyed the college team.

  11. Been out of the office all afternoon so this is the first I’m hearing about this. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for this. I think it’s safe to assume that will be by far the highest rated program in NBATV history. As well as the best programming in NBATV history, just narrowly edging out any time TBJ makes an appearance, which just narrowly edges out any time they show a classic game of Walton’s Blazers.

    • “Been out of the office all afternoon SO this is the first I’m hearing about this.”

      Man, you seem like a pretty hard worker.

    • Oh wait, if your job is sports related, then nevermind

      • Ha, I have no idea why how hard I work has any relevance. But if you must know my job is not sports related(I wish it was) but I honestly do not work that hard, had to drop stuff off for a client.

        While I’m here posting again, Go Knicks! Does it make me naive, foolish, or a good fan that I got a good feeling about this game?

  12. Such great news! Can’t wait.

  13. sweet Lord I would like to watch this.

  14. Can I watch this with an standard international leauge pass?

  15. it was already on and Daly totally thru the game, but the NBA players didn’t know, the next game Daly had them play the way he wanted and they smoked the college kids, it showed the “stars” they were beatable, probably worked wonders on their prep for games.

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