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Dream Team Honored

The best team ever assembled by U.S. basketball, or should I say one of the best teams as what LB said in his speech at the Naismith Hall of Fame ceremony after Magic, “Dream Team” as what they were dubbed, has finally been inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame together with the 1960 US team composed of basketball legends Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, etc.

The ’92 team was composed of NBA superstars playing for one goal, that was to win the coveted Olympic Gold. After not winning the Gold for the past international competitions, they were on a mission to deliver the goods, as officials finally declared professional players could now play at the Games.

Egos set aside, they showed that a bunch of superstars could be on a team together and played as a one intact unit. And they did. No prima donna styles, no superstar attitude, just pure teamwork. They exemplified what a team should be. Posting a winning average margin of 43 pts., they won the tournament’s Gold medal with authority.

It was headed by Hall of Famer coach Chuck Daly. The team roster was composed of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, John Stockton, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler and college standout Christian Laettner.

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Karl Malone: The Mailman Delivers

When talking about power forwards, Karl Malone is one of the few players that comes in to my mind. He revolutionized the game of a power forward, a big guy who can run the floor and through the years has developed a great shooting touch from the outside, adding it up to his already great offensive arsenal.

He and fellow Hall of Famer teammate John Stockton were among my favorites in the game. Together, they became one of the best dynamic duos ever played epitomizing that point-guard-big man combo. And running this simple yet very effective, classic patented pick and roll plays, they made Utah become title contenders back in ’96-’98 NBA seasons.

Thus the phrase “Stockton to Malone”. As Stockton said, Karl made his passes look so good ’cause you can threw him the ball and he would catch it and delivered. Like Chicago’s tandem of Jordan-Pippen, they compliment each other. Karl would never made those easy points if not for John’s accurate passes, and on the other hand, John would never achieved the record of most assists if not for him making the shots.

And now being included in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Class of 2010, together with Dennis Johnson, Scottie Pippen, and other most notable basketball heroes, I would say, the Mailman definitely delivers!

Watch Karl’s emotional Hall of Fame speech as it highlights the ceremony.

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Scottie Pippen : From Virtually Unknown 1st Rd. Draftee To Hall Of Famer

The best all around team player is now a Hall of Famer! Scottie Pippen becomes a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, to be inducted Aug. 13 in Springfield, Mass.  Known as Jordan’s quintessential sidekick, the versatile “point-forward” earned his spot through sheer hard work. From a complete unknown draftee to one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players, he has become synonymous with greatness. Now, when people say “Scottie Pippen” in basketball or in any other team sports, most probably fans know exactly what they mean. You’re looking at a team player who can do it all and is a perfect compliment to your star player.

Scottie’s my favorite player in Chicago, well of course when you’re talkin’ about the Bulls you refer to His Airness. I think it’s automatic already that if you’re a Chicago Bulls fan, most probably you’re a number one Jordan fanatic . Who doesn’t? Jordan’s the greatest basketball player of all time! It’s just that for me, Michael’s so great he’s an exemption.

He is the guy who does all these hussle plays, going for the looseballs, rebounding, getting the charge, blocking shots.. Mostly plays not so noticeable thus giving Jordan the breather. It’s like Jordan will do all the scoring and Pip’s doing all these dirty works.

I don’t think Michael Jordan will win a championship without a Scottie Pippen, and vice versa. And I highly believe that if Michael got him during his return stint at Washington that time, hands down they would be in the play-offs!

Scottie can dominate the game even without scoring! That’s how good he is, and that’s why teams are looking for a player in his caliber, even up to now. Lebron didn’t win any because he “doesn’t have his Scottie” in Cleveland. Now he’s going for Miami in search for that elusive ring with his all star buddies. But he must change his game to a Pippen since the Heat is Dwayne’s team. Well as for Kobe, he has bunch of superstars with him, first with the most dominating player in Shaq as the main guy, and now in Gasol, MVP of the last World Basketball Championships, all-star and former national team members Odom, Artest, etc..

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Triangle Offense.

The Triumvirate of coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen gave Chicago its 2 three-peat championships!

The Original Dream Team coached by Chuck Daly that captured the ’92 Olympic Gold Medal. The team, because of its star studded line-up had the opposing teams asking for pre-game photos and autographs. They dominated the tournament defeating their opponents by an average of 43 points.

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The ’95-’96 Bull’s Roster that captured the NBA record for most wins in regular season and eventually winning the championship