What was Michael Jordan greatest part of playing for the US Olympic? Sports Illustrated later stated that the Dream Team was “arguably the most dominant squad ever assembled in any sport” and compared it to “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, Santana at Woodstock.” The team was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Barkley later said, “I don’t think there’s anything better to representing your country. I don’t think anything in my life can come close to that.” Bird called the medal ceremony and the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner “the ultimate” experience. Johnson said, “The 92 Dream Team was the greatest moment of my life in terms of basketball, bar none.” Jordan said that the biggest benefit for him from the Olympics was that he learned more about his teammates’ weaknesses. He later defeated Barkley, Malone, and Stockton in three NBA finals. As of 2013, 11 of the 12 players on the roster (all except Laettner) and three of the four coaches (all except Carlesimo) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Global interest in basketball soared due to the Dream Team. International Olympic Committee head Juan Antonio Samaranch stated that “the most important aspect of the [Barcelona] Games has been the resounding success of the basketball tournament, as we’ve witnessed the best basketball in the world.” Subsequently, the number of international players in the NBA rose. On opening day of the 1991–92 season, NBA rosters included 23 international players from 18 countries. At the start of the 2011–12 season, there were 74 players from 35 countries.