In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team, I figured it would be a good idea to take a stroll down memory lane, and relive some great moments from the 1992 Olympics.
In this installment we take a look at “The Admiral” David Robinson throwing down on Lithuania:
“Serving up a facial.” -Marv Albert
Some of you may have noticed the Lithuanian player Robinson posterized, Arvydas Sabonis.
Sabonis played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers from 95-03, averaging 12 PPG and 7.3 RPG during his career.
Ironically, Sabonis played for the gold medal winning Soviet team in 1988 that defeated the United States, a team that included David Robinson.
Well we all know how the rest of the story goes, as the US swore off college players, and put together the greatest team of professional players in the history of basketball…
The Admiral sometimes gets overlooked in the all-time greatest big men discussion. Robinson is arguably in the top 5, and easily in the top 10 best centers to ever play the game.
Robinson is 34th all-time in scoring (20,790), 29th in rebounds (10,497), and 5th in blocks (2,954), in only 987 career games. He averaged 2.99 blocks, 10.6 rebounds, and 21.1 points a game, while shooting .518 from the field and 74% from the line. With Robinson, the field actually was the field, as he could shoot it from anywhere.
I had the privilege of watching Robinson battle Hakeem Olajuwon many times in the Western Conference playoffs back in the mid 90’s, and to this day I consider it the best big man match up I’ve ever seen.
As far as the Dream Team goes, give me David Robinson over Patrick Ewing any day of the week.
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Stay tuned for more moments in Dream Team history as we get closer to the 2012 London Olympics.