A documentary on the original Dream Team -- the USA Basketball team that destroyed every other national team in its path on the way to a gold medal -- will air tonight on NBA TV. Dan Patrick had three members of that team on his show today to look back on the summer of 1992 in Barcelona.
One of the biggest controversies facing the team wasn't about what they did on the floor, but who made up the roster. Isaiah Thomas was one of the best in the NBA at the time, yet he was left off. David Robinson said he never really knew why, and never really cared. Charles Barkley says it was pretty much understood that Isaiah didn't get the call because Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen didn't want to play with him.
The conversation with Karl Malone was much lighter. Patrick asked the Mailman which of the Dream Teamers -- other than himself and longtime teammate John Stockton -- would be his choice to start a team. His answer will most certainly surprise you . . .
Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)
G Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.