San Francisco Chronicle

June 26, 2012

Hoop dreamers who didn't have a prayer

The Dream Team is all the rage, the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team of Magic, Jordan and Bird. They restored America's glory.

The real Dream Team was the 1968 U.S. team at Mexico City. Dream Team? The '68 group was more like a Prayer Team.

Our nation's basketball soul was saved that October by a team led by an unknown junior college player, Spencer Haywood, the first teenager (19) to play U.S. Olympic basketball.