Our new documentary series, "Dream Team: Birth of the Modern Athlete," premiered today on Paramount+. Five years in the making, the five-part series, directed by The Malloys, examines the uncensored story of the 1992 Men’s Olympic Basketball Team and the long-lasting cultural impact of how the once-in-a-lifetime super team changed sports on a global scale forever.
Based on acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum's New York Times Best Selling book, "Dream Team" uses rare archival footage and explores original unheard audio interviews from Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird, among many more, while featuring recent interviews from Dream Team and NBA legends including Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, and David Robinson, among others.
“The heart of our series is a huge box of micro-cassette tapes we found at Jack McCallum's house,” explain directors Emmett and Brendan Malloy (“Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell," “The Offseason: Kevin Durant”). “Those tapes show Barkley, Bird, Magic, and especially Jordan behind closed doors: intimate and uncensored. They shared things with Jack that they never told anyone else. This series will be the first time those tapes have been heard publicly.”
Those unheard archival interviews include Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Dave Gavitt, Grant Hill , Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, A.L. Stankovic, David Stern, and John Stockton.
New interviews Include: Clyde Drexler, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Patrick Ewing, Pau Gasol, Magic Johnson, Chris Mullin, Dikembe Mutombo, Mitch Richmond, David Robinson, John Salley, Jerry West, Marv Albert, Andy Bernstein, Dr. Todd Boyd, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Roy Firestone, Jesse Jackson, Roy Johnson, Bomani Jones, Marc Lamont Hill, Terry Lyons, Jack McCallum, Brian McIntyre, Steve Mills, Don Sperling, Borislav Stanković, Pablo Torre, and Leah Wilcox.
The Malloy Brothers executive produce alongside Five All’s Douglas Banker and Underground’s Trevor Engelson. McCallum serves as a consultant for the series. The series is a Paramount Television Studios production in association with the NBA and USA Basketball.
All five, 40-minute episodes are now streaming on Paramount+. Watch the trailer below!