In 1992, the greatest basketball team ever assembled came together and dominated the Barcelona Olympics.
The Dream Team walked to a gold medal, winning its games by an average margin of victory of 43.8 points.
For some Dream Team members, though, like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Clyde Drexler, winning NBA gold was much harder. And Michael Jordan never let them forget it.
In the 1992 NBA Finals, Dream Team members Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls faced off against Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The fact that Jordan, at the time, had more rings than eight of his Dream Team teammates was not lost on him. And MJ, ever the trash-talker, let his contemporaries know about it in hilarious fashion.
On the Dream Team episode of Jackie MacMullan’s Icon’s Club podcast, the longtime NBA insider begins with a fantastic story about Michael Jordan talking trash to his NBA superstar Olympic teammates.
In true Jordan fashion, it took the GOAT just four words to crush the spirit of the Dream Team members without an NBA title. MacMullan explains:
Charles Barkley wanders over to the hoop. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are already there, knocking down jumpers. Another Dream Team practice was about to begin. … Jordan stopped his teammates short.
‘Find a different basket, Charles.’ He turned to Patrick Ewing. ‘You, too, Patrick. Scottie, you can stay.’ The future Hall of Famers looked at MJ quizzically. ‘Champions only!’ Jordan announced.
And just like that, Jordan did what he did best throughout his NBA career. On a basketball court filled with stars, he differentiated himself as the best of the best.