Bullock, Taylor take on Olympians
Wednesday, July 10,1996 --The Michigan Daily"-"11
y James Goldstein
>aily Sports Editor
AUBURN HILLS - The exhibition
ame on July 6 between the Dream
earn III and the USA Men's Select
earn was supposed to be a highlight
how for the former.
Besides, everyone thought that
Anfernee Hardaway would easily throw
y-oop passes for rim-rattling dunks
Shaquille O'Neal. Charles Barkley
was going to back his way in to the bas-
ket and dominate on the boards. Grant
Hill would glide by opponents, wowing
he hometown crowd. Reggie Miller
would take advantage of closer 3-point
That's why games aren't won or
hlayed on paper.
Sure, Dream Team Ill won, 96-90 -
but the USA Select team was up by 17
se half. The 12-man squad heading to
a t week's Olympics in Atlanta, repre-
enting the best players in the NBA - a
an where O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon
nd David Robinson could be on the
ourt at the same time--didn't put on a
In fact, it was a Michigan player who
made the highlight play of the game.
Wolverine junior forward Maurice
f or made the play that sent the
54-strong crowd rocking.
Offa jump shot from the left baseline,
Taylor went skyward to slam in the one-
handed rebound with authority. The play
had both benches' teammates looking at
each other in disbelief.
Taylor and his point guard teammate,
Louis Bullock, were two of 16 players
an the USA Select squad.
Taylor, who pulled his hamstring at
he first team practice, entered the game
minutes into the contest to a rous-
t ovation from the hometown crowd.
Taylor's job: guard Barkley, then try
to score against Robinson and Karl
Malone. In 17 minutes of play, Taylor
finished the game with six points on
three-for-eight shooting, three rebounds
and three fouls.
"It was really physical in the paint,"
Taylor said. "Both (Barkley and
alone) are physically gifted. They
playing me like they were playing
in the NBA season. They were pushing
me around and going up strong."
Bullock contributed immediately off
the bench. The Wolverines' sophomore
point guard hit a pull-up jumper from
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Michigan junior forward Maurice Taylor goes man-to-man with Charles Barkley.
the key, was fouled by Gary Payton on a
3-point attempt and connected on all
three free throws. In nine minutes of
action, Bullock had eight points, includ-
ing four from the charity stripe.
But even nine minutes meant a lot to
"It's just like a dream;" Bullock said.
"That's why they call it the Dream Team.
A lot of people dream about playing
against (the Dream Team) or being like
them. For me this week, it probably has
been the best experience of my life.'
As for the NBA stars on the Dream
Team, the trio of Pippen, Olajuwon and
Payton was a defensive nuisance. Payton
showed why people call him "The
Glove," with two steals and constant
pressure in the comeback effort. Pippen
led the squad with 17 points. Olajuwon
came off the bench to score 16.
The pros were impressed with the
effort and performance of the collegiate
"They all came out and played real
well," Hill said. "They were the aggres-
sors out there, not us.'
Barkley, who contributed off the
bench with I1 points and seven
rebounds, had something to say about
college players leaving school early for
"I think most players should stay in
school at least three years," Barkley said.
"I wish all collegiates would be in school
for that long"
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