During an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Los Angeles Clippers forward Grant Hill made some revealing comments about the US men’s basketball team in 1996 (or Dream Team III as they were called back in the day).
Hill would explain why players avoiding scoring, to avoid taking drug tests (not as bad as it sounds):
“It was actually pretty funny, nobody on the team wanted to be the leading scorer in those games, in the Olympic games. Because whoever was the leading scorer, ended up having to be drug tested.
And the reason for that is the drug testing process, you’d be there for two hours after the game. And so nobody wanted to be there and have to go through that whole process.
So if you watch those games and you watch the highlights at the end of the games, everyone is being super unselfish passing the ball. Because no one wants to shoot (laughing).”
I’ve never heard of such a thing before. Leading scorer must take a drug test? But if you think about it, it is the Olympics. Olympic drug testing is best in all of sports, so really it’s not that surprising…
Overall I just think this story is hilarious. I can only imagine how hard those guys tried not to score in the final minutes. It’s just very ironic, because normally star players never want to pass the ball.
Dream Team III is the second best team ever put together:
Charles Barkley, Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Scottie Pippen, Mitch Richmond, David Robinson, John Stockton.