If there’s one thing NBA fans love, it’s a good debate: LeBron vs. Jordan, were the 2017 Warriors or the 1995 Bulls the best ever, and what era really was the greatest. There’s one thing that’s not really up for debate though, and it’s that the 1992 Olympic Dream Team may have been the greatest collection of basketball players the sport has ever seen.
For the younger generation of fans though, the Dream Team is something they’ll only read about on Wikipedia. That’s about to change though, as the Olympic channel is offering up a treat for hoops fans of all ages: the entire 1992 Dream Team gold medal run original broadcasts.
The Olympic Channel, which launched just a few weeks ago, will air original games on eight consecutive nights in August, starting on Monday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. The run ends with an 11 hour Labor Day marathon on Sept. 4.
The fact that this is the complete run is notable because most fans who watched the 1992 Olympics live didn’t see the early rounds. Those were shown on something called “Triplecast,” a pay per view agreement with NBC and Cablevision. The original broadcasts will feature Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, Quinn Buckner, and the late Chick Hearn and Steve Jones.
If you’re forgotten the roster for the 1992 Dream Team, it essentially looks like the 90s edition of the NBA Hall of Fame: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, and David Robinson. The late Chuck Daly was the head coach, with P.J. Carlesimo, Lenny Wilkens, Mike Krzyzewski as his assistants.
Even though you know the ultimate outcome, these games are going to be exciting to watch for those who have never seen them, and a great nostalgia trip for everyone else.
If you’re not familiar with The Olympic Channel, it’s a new network that’s going to be available on a number of cable packages and as a standalone streaming product. Of course, live Olympic programming is going to be prime content, but there’s going to be plenty of classic content plus buildups to the Olympics like the 2017 FINA World Swimming and Diving Championships and the IAAF Track and Field World Championships.