In ''Dream Team,'' Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum brings to life the greatest basketball team of all time

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated July 06, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

The sportswriting equivalent of covering the Beatles in 1964 was working as the basketball reporter at Sports Illustrated during the 1992 Olympics. Jack McCallum knew he was a witness to history when 11 NBA superstars — and one token collegian — won the gold at the Barcelona Games. But the most fun and intrigue happened behind the scenes: the politics, the late nights, and the giant egos that collided in a legendary intersquad scrimmage, the only competitive game the Dream Team played.