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Where Are They Now: 1992 Olympic Basketball Dream Team

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan led the way for the Olympic Dream Team by averaging 15 points, five assists, and four steals per game during the tournament. Jordan wasn't relied on to lead the way scoring, like he was with the Bulls, so he was able to focus more on the defensive side of the ball and led the team with a total of 37 steals in eight games. It's also noteworthy that Jordan was asked by head coach Chuck Daly to be the face of the team, but he deferred, so Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were named co-captains instead.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Jordan retired from basketball a total of three times, but he finally was able to walk away from the game in 2003 after leading the Washington Wizards in points per game two years in a row. Upon his retirement Jordan was ousted from the Wizards front office, and he remained out of basketball until purchasing a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, and then a majority stake in 2010.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson was just coming to the end of his career when he made the 1992 Olympic roster, and he was alright taking a backseat the other 11 guys on the team as he played in just six games and averaged eight points and five assists per game. Johnson was already retired from the NBA by the time the 1992 Olympics began, and although players were hesitant to play with him at first, he received standing ovations from the crowd and was a central figure of the 1992 Dream Team.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Johnson made a brief return to the NBA after his retirement in 1991, but once he left the sport for good he kept busy by opening Magic Johnson Enterprises and multiple businesses along the way. He recently was part of a group that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $2 billion, but has made it his life mission to combat both HIV and AIDS in urban youth.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Just like Johnson, Larry Bird was nearing the end of his career with the 1992 Olympics, and although he finished the tournament averaging just eight points and four rebounds per game, he was still a dominant scorer, and proved so by averaging 20 points per game for the Celtics his final year. Bird received his co-captain title because he was an NBA veteran playing in his last Olympics, but he was a player that came up big when the team needed, which wasn't often considering they went a perfect 8-0 with all wide margins of victory.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Bird, like so many other former players, became a special assistant in the Celtics front office after retirement, but was then named head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 1997. Despite lacking any real coaching experience he led the Pacers to a 58-24 record that year, which at that point was the most successful season in franchise history. Bird only coached for three years, as he promised when taking the job, but he's remained in the Pacers front office since 2003 and is currently their President of basketball operations.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley was in the prime of his career during the '92 Olympics, and it showed as he led the team in scoring with an average of 18 points per game on 71% shooting from the field. Although known for his rebounding and defensive prowess, he averaged just four rebounds and less than one block per game. Barkley was an undersized forward at 6'6," but he was a tenacious player when on the court. He is often credited with bringing yet another dimension to one of the greatest teams in the history of sports.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Barkley has remained in the game in some form or another since his retirement in 2000, and his most notable work has been that of a studio analyst for TNT. He does plenty of pregame and halftime work for some of the premier games of the year, and does a variety of other commentary for special events as well as the NBA playoffs.

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing was already a dominant force down low for the New York Knicks when the 1992 Olympics began, and although he wasn't relied upon to score for the Dream Team, he averaged nine points and a team leading 5.3 rebounds per game. Ewing was primarily used as a rebounding machine for the squad, and although his per game averages aren't that impressive, he was quite efficient during his limited playing time and often finished offensive rebounds with an authoritative slam dunk.

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

From 2003-2006 Ewing served as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, and in 2007 was named as one of four assistants to serve under first-time Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. Ewing then moved on to work as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, working under former Dream Team teammate Michael Jordan. He is currently listed as the teams Associate Head Coach under the recently hired Steve Clifford, and is continuing his pursuit of being named an NBA head coach.

David Robinson

David Robinson

David Robinson is considered one of the best centers to ever play the game, so it was a no-brainer to add the four-year pro to the 1992 Olympic squad. Robinson averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks per game during his long NBA career, but was forced to primarily come off the bench during the Olympics, and averaged nine points and four rebounds per game.

David Robinson

David Robinson

While Robinson has recently gotten more involved in the private sector since his retirement, he's always been a charitable man and even started his own non-profit school in San Antonio called the Carver Academy. Robinson and his wife have donated over $11 million to the Carver Academy since its inception in 2001. Because his charitable giving is so well-known, the NBA gives away a monthly award called the David Robinson Plaque that recognizes players for their charitable efforts.

Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan are in a very select group of players who have won an NBA Championship and Olympic Gold Medal in the same year. Although Jordan played a bigger role on the Dream Team, Pippen played his usual all-around game and averaged nine points, six assists, and three steals per game. Just like his days with the Bulls playing behind Michael, Pippen was an overlooked talent on the Dream Team and could easily have been the team MVP.

Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen

Pippen spent time playing overseas after his NBA career came to and end, but has remained active in the game of basketball, returning to the Chicago Bulls as a team ambassador in 2010, and in 2012 was named senior advisor to Michael Reinsdorf, the Bulls' president and COO, which is a position he still holds to this day.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler was a late addition to the team, but he played in all eight tournament games and averaged 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game. Drexler came off the bench for the Dream Team, but just like Pippen he played a great all-around game, but is often overlooked or forgotten about.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Drexler finished his playing career with the Houston Rockets, and upon retirement was named head coach at the University of Houston, his alma mater. Drexler's college coaching career was short lived and relatively unsuccessful, and after two seasons and a combined record of 19-37. He resigned as head coach to spend more time with his family, and has remained out of the spotlight, except to do Dancing with the Stars and other small time movie roles.

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin was primarily a spot-up shooter during his time in the NBA, and was fourth in scoring for the Dream Team with an average of 13 points per game. Mullin was just entering the prime of his career when the Olympics began, and it was actually the second time he participated in the event, as he was part of the 1984 team that was comprised solely of amateur players.

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin

After his playing days were over, Mullin was hired as a special assistant by the Golden State Warriors, and eventually was named Executive Vice President of Basketball operations for the team in 2004. In 2009, after a 29-53 season, Mullin's expiring contract wasn't renewed, and he now exclusively works as a NBA analyst for ESPN.

Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Karl Malone wasn't the only Utah Jazz member on the Dream Team, as point guard and all-time assist leader John Stockton was on the squad as well. Malone played in all eight tournament games, and unlike Stockton he averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game. Malone was a dominating presence in the paint, and at 6'9" 260 pounds he was a tough match-up for every opponent.

Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Malone became the director of basketball promotion and assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, LSU, in 2007, but shortly after was hired by the Utah Jazz to work primarily as a big man coach. Malone hit it big in his personal life, as he married the 1988 Miss Idaho winner. His daughter, Cheryl Ford, currently plays in the WNBA.

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