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‘Dream Team Week’ continues with USA vs. Croatia tonight on Olympic Channel

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Dream Team, the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is in the midst of a week-long stretch that will include airings of every Team USA basketball game from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The Dream Team — which included NBA superstars such as Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird — went 8-0 over the course of the tournament to win the gold medal.

Tonight’s game is a showing of the group-stage matchup with Croatia, the first of two games between the teams. (Spoiler alert: They meet again in the final.) Among the notable players on the Croatian side was Toni Kukoc, a EuroLeague star who had yet to play in the NBA at this point despite being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1990. As fans of ’90s basketball will likely recall, he eventually reported to the Bulls and was a member of three championship squads alongside Dream Team players Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

All eight games will be shown in sequential order via their original NBC Olympic broadcasts. Each night’s airing will start at 8 p.m. ET, unless noted otherwise below.

Monday, Aug. 28 — USA vs. Angola (*8:30 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 — USA vs. Croatia
Wednesday, Aug. 30 — USA vs. Germany
Thursday, Aug. 31 — USA vs. Brazil
Friday, Sept. 1 — USA vs. Spain
Saturday, Sept. 2 — USA vs. Puerto Rico (quarterfinal)
Sunday, Sept. 3 — USA vs. Lithuania (semifinal)
Monday, Sept. 4 — USA vs. Croatia (final, *8:30 p.m. ET)

The final will conclude an 11-hour marathon of Dream Team game broadcasts on Labor Day.

After each game, the Olympic Channel will show NBC’s Dream Team documentary, which originally aired during the 2012 London Olympics and includes interviews with the players.

Check the Channel Finder to see how you can watch the Olympic Channel in your area.

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Dream Team, Shaq lead FIBA Hall of Fame inductees

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The Dream Team, Shaquille O’Neal and Toni Kukoč headline the FIBA international basketball Hall of Fame inductees for 2017.

A ceremony will be held Sept. 30 at FIBA headquarters in Switzerland.

The Dream Team enters the hall on the 25th anniversary of its unforgettable run at the 1992 Barcelona Games, where it went 8-0 and won by an average of 43.8 points per game.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air every Dream Team game from the Olympics next week. A full schedule is here.

That team included two players who are already FIBA Hall of Famers — Michael Jordan and David Robinson, who both won multiple Olympic gold medals.

O’Neal was left off the Dream Team in favor of Christian Laettner as the single college player to round out the 12-man roster otherwise made up of NBA All-Stars.

But O’Neal went on to lead Dream Team II as MVP of the 1994 World Championship. He paced the U.S. in points (18 per game), rebounds (8.5 per game) and field-goal percentage (71.3).

O’Neal then played on the 1996 Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta, starting three of eight games. The U.S. was loaded at center with Hakeem Olajuwon, who led the Houston Rockets to 1994 and 1995 NBA titles, and Robinson, the 1995 NBA MVP.

Kukoč, best known as a member of Jordan’s supporting cast on the late 1990s Chicago Bulls teams, won a world title with Yugoslavia and two Olympic silver medals for Croatia.

He was MVP of the 1990 World Championship, where Yugoslavia beat the U.S. in the semifinals and the Soviet Union in the final.

Kukoč made his Olympic debut at age 19 at Seoul 1988, then was part of a star core of Croatian teams with the likes of Dražen Petrović and Dino Radja in the 1990s.

FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

TEAM
Dream Team (USA)

PLAYERS
Mickey Berkowitz (Israel)
Pero Cameron (New Zealand)
Toni Kukoč (Croatia)
Razija Mujanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Shaquille O’Neal (USA)
Valdis Valters (Latvia)

COACH
Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia)

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Photo finish! Men’s single sculls finalists post twin 6:41.34 times

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The early bird gets the worm, as the athlete who claims he was the first to arrive at the Olympic Village put another rowing medal in the books for New Zealand.

The margin was razor thin, but Mahe Drysdale beat Croatia’s Damir Martin in a photo finish of 6:41.34 in the men’s single sculls final on Saturday.

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Drysdale took a gold medal in this event in London and a bronze in Beijing.

Czech Republic rower Ondrej Synek finished with bronze.

The USA did not push a boat into the final.