Since it is the 20-year anniversary of their Barcelona triumph and they are the greatest team ever assembled, we’ve heard a lot about the Dream Team in the past couple of months. There’s been a documentary, a book, an oral history in GQ and roughly 64,006 other things produced about the team. By this point, you probably know almost everything there is to know about the 1992 Olympics team.
But what about all those other teams filled with Hall of Famers and All-Stars? They have to have some stories, right?
Yes, yes they do. Like this one, for instance, from Grant Hill, who played in the 1996 Olympics. From an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show”:
It was actually pretty funny — nobody on the team wanted to be the leading scorer in those games, in the Olympic games. Because whoever was the leading scorer, ended up having to be drug tested.
And the reason for that is the drug testing process, you’d be there for two hours after the game. And so nobody wanted to be there and have to go through that whole process.
So if you watch those games and you watch the highlights at the end of the games, everyone is being super unselfish passing the ball. Because no one wants to shoot (laughs).
Funnily enough, the 2004 Olympics team (Marbury, Iverson, Odom and cetera) also tried their best to avoid the postgame drug testing, albeit for totally different reasons.