Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday

Wall of Fame

Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, went to the host OKC Thunder, as they stormed past the Miami Heat, 105-94. Game 2 is tomorrow night on ABC at 9 PM #thunderup #faillebron. Tonight (9 PM) the NBA Network will televise the 20 year anniversary special of the "DREAM TEAM", the United States Men's basketball squad that won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Now, on to this weeks installment of Boomer's Wall of Fame.

"Dream Team"
Can you name all 12 players and Head Coach?
Considered by many (players included, haha) to be the "greatest" team ever put together the "Dream Team" was the first US national basketball team to include active NBA players. To say this team ran through the Olympic competition in Barcelona is an understatement. In the eight games played in the '92 Summer Games, the "Dream Team" averaged 117 ppg (938 total points) with five players averaging double digits. The largest margin of victory was +68 in the opening game vs. Angola, with the lowest margin of victory coming in the Gold Medal Game a 32-point blowout vs. Croatia. At this point, the International game wasn't as good as it is now a days, however, the "Dream Team" took the game of basketball to a global level. This team was so good that not only are a few of the individual players in the Basketball Hall of Fame for their years in the NBA, but the whole entire 1992 squad is enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Since then, the United States national hoop squads, have been put together with some of the NBA's finest players winning the Gold Medal in the Summer games in '96, 2000, and 2008. It is my privilege to induct the 1992 US mens national basketball team, the "Dream Team" up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame.

And the Coach....Chuck Daly.

Chuck Daly

Before his summer with the "Dream Team", Coach Daly won consecutive NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. Before his run with the Pistons, Coach Daly coached at the college level at Boston College and at the University of Penn, were he accumulated a record of 151-62 over 8 seasons. He guided the Penn Quakers to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1971-72 (his 1st year with the university) with a record of 25-3. In 1981, Coach Daly was hired to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 1981-82 season, but after just 41 games and a 9-32 record, he was fired. After taking a year off to do some broadcasting work, the Detroit Pistons hired Daly before the 1983-84 season. During his 9-year tenure at the helm, the Pistons made the playoffs each season, with five Conference Finals appearances, three NBA Finals appearances, and like mentioned earlier back-to-back NBA Championships. Coach Daly would coach the 1992 Olympic squad before short stints with the New Jersey Nets (1992-1994) and the Orlando Magic (1997-1999). His overall record in his 14-year professional coaching career was 638-437, which has him 13th overall on the all-time coaching list and 9th best win percentage. Coach Daly died from Pancreatic cancer in May of 2009, and its my honor to enshrine him up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame, along with the "Dream Team" he guided back in the 1992 Summer Games.