This was when I was roughly 4, and yet I very vividly remember the buzz surrounding the 1992 Dream Team. This article is a great biography of the team and offers a ton of insider stories. According to the article, the Dream Team (consisting of the greats of that era, including Jordan, Bird, Barkley, Malone, Ewing, etc.) faced off for the first time together against a bunch of college players (consisting of future stars like Penny Hardaway and Chris Webber). In that game, the college guys upset the greats in the 4th quarter. A few days later, they had a rematch:
Charles Barkley: We sent them a little message. Chris Webber: We didn't score a point. Not one point. Not a point on a free throw, not a point in the game. We were the perfect wake-up call for them, and they were the perfect reality check for us.