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For 1992 squad, Dream Team was perfect name

New film shows squad’s brilliance transcended game

At some point in the last decade or so, the US Olympic men’s basketball team seems to have ceased being referred to as the “Dream Team.’’ It’s a term that still pops up from time to time, such as when LeBron James compared his 2008 Olympic squad with the iconic 1992 gold medalists, or, in NBA circles, when a couple of superstars manipulate free agency to try to form a super-team.

But one doesn’t hear it much anymore, and that’s a good thing. The gradual abandonment of that term is appropriate and probably overdue, for as an upcoming film reminds us, the only team worthy of that designation was the very first one.

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