The U.S. men's basketball team embrace after receiving their gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Everyone remembers the Dream Team pounding opponents in the Olympics and then being asked to take a postgame group photo the opponent during the 1992 Barcelona Games. And that squad included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and host of other Hall of Famers.
Well, the American women's squad is getting some of that Dream Team-like love in Rio.
Members of the U.S. team posed for a photo with Japan after they dominanted the Japanese in a 110-64 rout on Tuesday. It was the second straight game they took a picture after the final horn. They took a postgame photo with the Chinese team Sunday after a 105-62 blowout to wrap up group play.
U.S. captain Sue Bird had stopped Tuesday night to take a photo with WNBA teammates Breanna Stewart and Japan forward Ramu Tokashiki.
"I don’t know how the group one happened,'' Bird said. "I guess it’s just mutual respect.”
Such a tuff game tonight against Japan! They play so hard and they are an amazing team! Shout out to Japanpic.twitter.com/26N8lOHA5k
— Angel McCoughtry (@angel_35) August 17, 2016
USA Basketball says someone with the Japanese team apparently asked for the two-team photo.
The Americans have topped 100 points in five of their six games and take a 47-game winning streak into the semifinals as this team looks for a sixth consecutive gold medal. They have played nearly flawless basketball, completely dominating every opponent they have faced.
Apparently they are making an impression on their opponents.
“I think it’s the spirit of the Olympics and everybody being so supportive of one another,’’ U.S. forward Elena Delle Donne said when asked about the unusual request for a photo after the game.