When asked about being “forgotten” during the 1992 Dream Team, Larry Bird had the ideal response: “As many times as I had broken that guy’s heart.”

When Bird was a member of the 1992 Dream Team, he delightfully mocked coach Chuck Daly.

 

The 1992 Dream Team is the greatest collection of NBA players ever assembled in the annals of basketball glory. Larry Bird’s presence was unnoticed while icons like Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Charles Barkley took center stage. In addition to having serious back problems, the three-time MVP was nearing the end of his playing days.

Even though Bird was 35 years old and not at his best, he demonstrated that his comedy and savagery remained unaltered. He mocked coach Chuck Daly for “forgetting” to deploy him in the gold medal game in a playful moment.

 

Coach Chuck Daly was tromped by Larry Bird.

 

Even though the 1992 Dream Team’s amazing dominance and flamboyant style of play created a great deal of excitement, there was also a certain amount of predictability that made some of the moments very boring.

 

Bird wasn’t even introduced into the game until the USA lead 52–46 over Croatia at halftime in the gold medal contest. Upon observing the error, P.J. Carlesimo, the assistant coach, contacted the star player for the Boston Celtics and informed him that coach Daly intended to start him in the second half.

Bird laughed off Carlisemo’s comment and brushed off the idea that his lack of playing time was a concern. He made a shrewd counterattack against Daly, the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, whom his Celtics had coached in the 1980s, using his signature wit.

 

According to Jackie MacMullan’s book When the Game Was Ours, Bird stated, “You’d think he’d remember as many times as I had broken that guy’s heart.”

 

Bird scored 8.0 points per game on the 1992 Dream Team.

Though the 1992 Dream Team showed tenacity, Jordan and Barkley carried the majority of the offensive load, averaging a team-high 18.0 and 14.9 points, respectively, throughout the course of the eight Olympic games. On the other hand, Magic and Bird played the part of seasoned pros, averaging 18.0 minutes per game and scoring 8.4 and 8.0 points, respectively.

“The Great White Hope” couldn’t take any more injuries late in his career, so he even announced his decision to retire from the NBA after the Olympics in Barcelona, believing that the Dream Team experience would be the last chapter in his basketball career.

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