In the summer of 1992, fifteen American men came together to form the USA’s Olympic Basketball squad. The team was the first to be made up of active NBA players. When they traveled across the pond to Barcelona that summer, they were unstoppable. Team USA, nicknamed “The Dream Team”, won every game by an impressive average of 44 points. Needless to say, the team went home with the gold and were forever etched into history as one of the strongest teams in any sport ever. That summer was a major turning point for many fans, young and old alike. People who liked basketball, now loved basketball.
20 years later, Nike Sportswear is commemorating that epic run with the release of The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket. The jacket is very traditional looking with patches that tell the story and pay homage to The Dream Team’s journey. In a sense it is a classic Destroyer jacket with the leather sleeves and a wool body, but the attention to detail is what will distinguish this as a true one of kind piece.
Russell Stott, Nike Sportswear’s Graphic Design Director, and his team have covered every aspect of that historic summer with an array of patches on both sleeves and on the front and back of the jacket. The right sleeve is adorned with the starting five players jersey numbers, while the left side consists of three chenille patches each one telling a story. The top patch tells of the average point differentiation, 43.8, and also has an XXV that refers to Barcelona as the 25th of the ‘games’ in sporting history. The lower patch is the USAB logo and the middle patch states some of the places this year’s team will be visiting before the summer.
The right breast of the jacket is embroidered with U S A in a vertical towering effect, and includes a USAB pin-badge. The left breast shows a USA flag inspired mostly by space travel and military. Stitched in underneath the flag is the score of each game the team played. The back is embroidered with a large XX to celebrate the 20th year since that momentous summer. Stitched in above each front pocket it says, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” in italicized font. For the tag, Nike is re-imaging the tag from a replica of the Dream Team jersey they found that had a special message to the team on them. This jacket is a must have for any Nike head and although winter is almost over, this is a truly timeless piece and will never go out of style. Release date is TBA.
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