The squad had a sponsorship from the Grateful Dead, and some excellent accompanying dunking-skeleton iconography. Artist Greg Speirs’ design was basically a hallucinogenic version of the original Mighty Ducks crest.
And there was a blood-feud component. The film’s stars are the four Lithuanian anchors of the ‘92 team: future NBA mainstays Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis, and Euroleague veterans Rimas Kurtinaitis and Valdemaras Chomicius. That foursome also made up the core of the Soviet Union’s ‘88 team, which beat a U.S. squad loaded with college stars en route to a gold.
Despite the four Lithuanians’ accomplishments, their Soviet overlords still treated them like shit.