“Angola is in trouble!”: Charles Barkley issued a warning before 1992 Dream Team’s first game
The FIBA restrictions that forbade professional players from taking part in FIBA competitions were repealed before the 1992 Olympics.
As a result, the USA put together one of the best basketball teams in history. They mobilised all of their resources and gathered the biggest stars from throughout the nation.
Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton were on the roster, along with Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, and others.
Barkley was speaking with the media prior to the opening game of the group round. He showed no consideration for Angola, their first opponent, there.
Chuck even roughed up a player during the game, elbowing him in the chest, which led to free throws and the US's lone point during a 46-1 run.
The Dream Team had no competition. They defeated their rivals by a score of 43.8. Additionally, they make Olympic history by becoming the first squad to win all three of their games with a score above 100.
Despite their intelligence, Chuck's antics gave Squad USA the impression that they were the bullies rather than the superior, more talented team.