by: the Admiral
In the summer of 1992 a group of of NBA All Stars (and Christian Laettner) took a summer trip to Barcelona so that Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley could gamble pesetas (or whatever the pre-Euro Spanish currency was) on bullfights, sell Reebox gear, and inspire a 12 year old Pau Gasol to one day play in the NBA. Oh yeah, and one more thing, the amazing effort of these NBA gods (and Christan Laettner) resulted in an 8-0 record, an average victory of 44 points and an Olympic Gold medal for USA Basketball.
This feat was worthy of a gold medal, but it really bothers me that the 1992 Dream Team as a whole was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year. Why? The Dream Team is full already full of players that either are, or soon will be, in the Hall of Fame (and Christian Laettner).
“Yes, I’m raising my hand because I have a question. Why is Krissy Laetner here?”
This Dream Team included Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, (and Christtian Laetner).
I don’t mind inducting most of these guys into the Hall of Fame twice, once individually and once as part of the team, but I have serious reservations about Laettner’s prolific NBA career of 10 PPG and 2 assists making the cut.
It’s sort of unrelated, but I also wish Bobby Hurley was dead.
We just discussed the why, but now we know how Magic Johnson gave Christian Laettner A.I.D.S.