Tony Parker explains how Dream Team changed basketball forever
San Antonio Spurs legend Tony Parker says the 1992 U.S.A. Dream Team changed basketball forever.
Parker says the Dream Team changed the landscape of basketball worldwide since that summer run inspired some of the best European basketball players as kids to make it to the NBA:
“It had a huge impact in Europe. If you see interviews that I did or Dirk or Pau Gasol, Manu Ginóbili – we all were affected by the Dream Team.” @tonyparker on how the Dream Team forever changed the landscape of basketball worldwide.
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Parker and Manu Ginobili were motivated by the Dream Team to get to America and play basketball on the highest level in the NBA. The two Europeans became teammates on the Spurs and won four championships together with the franchise.
Tony Parker retired from the NBA after the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. He spent the first 17 years of his NBA career with the Spurs and was a six-time All-Star, won four NBA championships and was the 2007 Finals MVP when San Antonio defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. Parker played for the Charlotte Hornets in 2018-19.
In 1,198 regular-season games with the Spurs, Parker finished his San Antonio career with averages of 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists. He will certainly go down as one of the top international players in NBA history and it looks like Spurs fans have the Dream Team to thank for that.
The Dream Team was made up of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton and Christian Laettner. The Americans beat their opponents by an average of 44 points, taking home the Gold medal with relative ease due to their incredible roster.