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This was the nickname that journalists gave to the professional team that represented America at the Barcelona games.Assured of success from the beginning of the tournament, the American team included stars from the NBA like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and especially the superstar, Michael Jordan. The team did not lose a single match and finished in a blaze of glory by (narrowly) beating Croatia 117: 85.This team was far more impressive than the one that had been beaten in the final at the Munich games in '72 by Russia (51-50). So appalled were the Americans by this defeat, their first since basketball was introduced to the games, that they refused the silver medal that should have been presented to them.If this behaviour is unpardonable, it must be said in mitigation for the Americans that that timekeeper made an error at the end of the match that was detrimental to them.
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