Olympics Photo of the Day

Monday, June 8, 2009

American basketball at the Olympics

1992 Men's Basketball Team (Barcelona) - The Dream Team

In 1989, FIBA, international basketball's governing body, allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. Before the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American professionals were allowed to play in the Olympics.

1992 roster
Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns
Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics
Clyde Drexler of the Portland Trail Blazers
Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks
Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and the 1995-96 season)
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls
Christian Laettner of Duke University
Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz
Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors
Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls
David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs
John Stockton of the Utah Jazz
Coach: Chuck Daly of the Detroit Pistons
Assistant Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant Coach: Lenny Wilkens
Assistant Coach: P.J. Carlesimo

American men's medal record

1936: 1st 
1948: 1st 
1952: 1st 
1956: 1st 
1960: 1st 
1964: 1st 
1968: 1st 
1972: 2nd  (refused, never awarded)
1976: 1st 
1980: did not participate (1980 Summer Olympics boycott)
1984: 1st 
1988: 3rd 
1992: 1st  1989 rule change by FIBA allowed USA Basketball to field teams with professional players
1996: 1st 
2000: 1st 
2004: 3rd 
2008: 1st