August 12, 2016

BALLERS:

The Dream Team you've never heard of (OSCAR ROBERTSON, August 11, 2016, The Undefeated)

Our "Dream Team" of NBA all-stars was put together for a State Department goodwill tour. We played 19 games in the Iron Curtain countries of Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia -- which doesn't even exist as a country anymore -- and two games in Egypt, winning them all by large margins. We also put on clinics in every city we visited.

Our team was personally selected and coached by Red Auerbach, the most successful coach, general manager and team president in NBA history, and anchored by Bill Russell, who won 11 NBA titles.


We only had eight players: Boston Celtics' Russell, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones and Bob Cousy (retired a year earlier and then coaching at Boston College); Jerry Lucas and me from the Cincinnati Royals; Bob Pettit from the St. Louis Hawks, and Tom Gola from the New York Knicks.

Russell, Jones, Lucas and I had been Olympic gold medalists, all of us were all-NBA, and all eight players plus Red are now in the Hall of Fame.

But our "Dream Team" has essentially been forgotten by the NBA, the media, even our own State Department - just as we were largely ignored in our own country back then. But there's a particular reason this tour should be remembered, which I will get to in a moment.

Posted by at August 12, 2016 6:20 PM

  

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