One of the more lauded teams in basketball history, the 1992 USA Men’s Olympic team, is getting its story told yet again. In conjunction with the NBA and USA Basketball, the television network BET will produce an in-depth docuseries on the polarizing, so-called Dream Team.
BET announced a five-part docuseries is in the works and will detail the impact the star-studded team that featured Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Charles Barkley had on society and the game of basketball.
Following from Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg,
Dream Team is an intimate journey from the spark of an idea to the podium in Barcelona, examining an incomparable legacy that still resonates 25 years later. Based on acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum’s New York Times best-selling book that follows the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team, the five-episode docuseries from BET and Paramount Television will explore how a group of extraordinary and complex individuals became a team — and how that team transcended sports. The five-episode limited series is directed and executive produced by Emmett and Brendan Malloy of Malloy Brothers Productions. Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Five All in The Fifth’s Douglas Banker also executive produce. McCallum will serve as a consultant for the project. The docuseries is created with the cooperation and support of USA Basketball and the NBA.
The Dream Team went on to win gold in the ’92 Summer Olympics, the first time since 1984. In total, 11 members of the team have been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The Barcelona games marked the first time that professional basketball players could participate.
The US team’s popularity garnered respect even from opposing competition from other countries. The group aided in relations with overseas talent and helped to make the game of basketball a more global phenomenon.