Charles Barkley has some amazing stories about the 1992 Dream Team, especially regarding card games with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
The 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” is considered to be the greatest basketball team ever assembled. A team representing the United States of America featured 11 future Hall-Of-Famer, with the pack of superstars being led by legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Coached by legend Chuck Daly, the team was projected to win the gold medal for the USA. As expected, Team USA managed to clinch the first position and did it in style. Managing to destroy all their opponents, they beat all their opponents by an average of 44 points.
They were simply too strong for their opponents. While they were putting on a show on the hardwood, behind the scenes, they were having the time of their lives in Barcelona.
“Me, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen would play cards every night”: Charles Barkley
The Dream Team was so strong that the players barely required any rest. Charles Barkley, the leading scorer of the team, recently disclosed how he along with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen would stay up all night playing cards, and barely without any sleep go for practice. The Phoenix Suns legends disclosed:
“We played cards every night, all night. We needed at least a power nap in there. But we played cards every single night. Another person who would come is Scottie. So me, Michael, Magic, and Scottie would play cards every single night.”
“We’d gather from like eight o’clock at night to six in the morning, then we’d run to the room and take a quick power nap and go to practice. It was crazy.”
As we have already seen from the ten-episode series “The Last Dance”, MJ and Scottie loved to play cards. It is pretty cool to know that all these superstars were not only tremendously competitive on the basketball court, but would also channelise their competitiveness into playing cards.
Anecdotes like these, makes us realise just how unbeaten and surreal the 1992 Dream Team were.