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I’m working on a new book, due out late in November, 2017, that will tie together two fascinating eras of the NBA. This photo might give you a hint.

Dream Team

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“Perfect book, perfect subject, perfect writer.”

–Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness and Boys Will Be Boys

In Dream Team, Hall of Fame basketball writer Jack McCallum, who covered the squad from the first practice to the gold-medal triumph in Barcelona and even contributed to its immortal name, delivers the full story of the Olympic men’s basketball team that captivated the world and changed the face of the game.

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