As for America's opponents, cast in the role of the Washington Generals to the Dream Team's Harlem Globetrotters, keep this in mind: Red Klotz is one thing, Red Klutz is something else. "I think some of the teams are here just to say they played us," said Bird. "We need to play teams that want to win the game, somebody to challenge us a little."
Perhaps the Olympics, where the U.S. could confront battle-hardened NBA types like Sarunas Marciulionis of Lithuania and Detlef Schrempf of Germany, will take care of that. But it probably won't, and we will have to settle for appreciating the mastery of this once-in-a-lifetime team. In short, don't think for a moment that the Olympic crusade is always going to be this problem-free.