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Games of the XXIInd Olympiad -- 1980

Games of the XXIInd Olympiad -- 1980

Moscow, Soviet Union - July 20-30, 1980

The 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow were tainted by the political repercussions of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. The USA, Argentina, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico all qualified for the Olympics, but chose to not participate in the Games in protest of the Soviet invasion. Regardless, U.S. Olympic trials were held and selected athletes were honored as 1980 Olympians.

1980 USA OLYMPIC MEN
(USA Basketball Photos)


1980 USA RESULTS (5-1)
1980 USA 97 Los Angeles 84
1980 USA 97 Phoenix 66
1980 USA 77 New York 75
1980 USA 82 France 76
1980 USA 76 Seattle 78
1980 USA 81 1976 USA 77

(The USA did not participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. However, the team did participate in the 'Gold Medal Series,' a series of games against NBA All-Star teams in various USA cities. The results of that series are found below.)

*1980 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1.Yugoslavia (8-0) 7.Poland (4-3)
2. Italy (5-3) 8.Australia (5-2)
3. Soviet Union (6-2) 9.Czechoslovakia (3-4)
4. Spain (4-4) 10.Sweden (3-4)
5. Brazil (4-4) 11.Senegal (1-6)
6. Cuba (2-6) 12.India (0-7)

 

The 1980 USA men's basketball team, coached by Dave Gavitt, was the youngest team in the history of men's Olympic basketball. However, their youth did not hamper their expertise. The 1980 squad in a series of exhibition games known as the 'Gold Medal Series,' played five games against NBA All-Star teams, and also played the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that had captured Olympic gold. Defeating the 1976 Olympic squad 81-77, the 1980 U.S. Olympians also scored impressive victories over four of the five NBA All-Star teams they played in exhibition games held across the country.

The 1980 Olympians' only setback being a two-point loss in Seattle. LaSalle's Michael Brooks led the 1980 team in scoring during the 'Gold Medal Series' averaging 13.2 points a game, Sam Bowie added 11.8 ppg. and Mark Aguirre accounted for 11.3 ppg. The 7'1' Bowie also led the USA Olympians in rebounding with a 6.9 average and in block shots with 14.

In the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the favored Soviet Union squad was upended twice in the semifinal round and was eliminated from the hunt for the gold medal. First the Soviets fell to Italy 87-85, then lost a heartbreaker to Yugoslavia in overtime, 101-91. Yugoslavia went on to defeat Italy 86-77 in the gold medal game and claim its first Olympic title, while the Soviets rebounded to upend Spain 117-94 in the bronze medal game.

 

1980 USA Men's Olympic Games Roster
NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Mark Aguirre F 6-7 235 20 Depaul Chicago, IL
Rolando Blackman G/F 6-6 190 21 Kansas State Brooklyn, NY
Sam Bowie C 7-1 219 19 Kentucky Lebanon, PA
Michael Brooks F 6-7 221 21 LaSalle College Philadelphia, PA
Bill Hanzlik G 6-7 200 22 Notre Dame Beloit, WI
Alton Lister C 7-0 237 21 Arizona State Dallas, TX
Rodney McCray F 6-7 220 18 Louisville Mt. Vernon, NY
Isiah Thomas G 6-1 185 19 Indiana Westchester, IL
Darnell Valentine G 6-2 180 21 Kansas Wichita, KS
Danny Vranes F 6-7 205 21 Utah Salt Lake City, UT
Buck Williams F 6-8 210 20 Maryland Rocky Mountain, NC
Al Wood F 6-7 192 22 North Carolina. Gray, CA
HEAD COACH: Dave Gavitt, Providence College
ASSISTANT COACH: Larry Brown, University of California- Los Angeles
ASSISTANT COACH: Dee Rowe, University of Connecticut
MANAGER: Joseph Vancisn, National Association of Basketball Coaches
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Tim Taft, University of North Carolina
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Troy Young, Arizona State University

 

1980 USA Men's Olympic Games Cumulative Statistics

 

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PF
PTS/AVG
AST
BK
ST
Brooks 6
29-57
.509
21-32
.656
36/6.0
14
79/13.2
11
0
9
Bowie 6
29-49
.592
11-19
.579
41/6.9
12
69/11.5
12
14
0
Aguirre 6
26-54
.481
16-24
.667
30/5.0
14
68/11.3
16
1
9
Wood 6
27-43
.628
6-12
.500
17/2.8
11
60/10.0
2
4
5
Thomas 6
22-55
.400
14-17
.824
12/2.0
19
58/9.7
37
0
10
Blackman 6
22-54
.407
4-6
.667
28/4.7
5
48/8.0
14
1
5
Vranes 6
17-33
.515
7-11
.636
17/2.8
16
41/6.8
4
1
4
Valentine 6
14-30
.467
6-8
.750
12/2.0
4
34/5.7
17
1
14
Williams 6
9-23
.391
11-16
.688
24/4.0
8
29/4.9
5
4
3
Lister 6
5-14
.357
0-0
.000
6/1.0
8
10/1.7
1
0
0
Hanzlik 6
5-14
.357
1-3
.333
6/1.0
4
11/1.8
7
1
5
McCray 5
1-3
.333
1-2
.500
4/0.8
2
3/0.6
4
2
0
USA TOTALS 6
206-429
.480
98-150
.653
233/38.8
117
510/85.0
130
29
64
OPP. TOTALS 6
192-421
.456
72-126
.571
201/33.5
132
456/76.0
136
30
71

*The USA did not participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. However, the team did participate in the 'Gold Medal Series,' a series of games against NBA All-Star teams in various USA cities. The cumulative statistics from the that series can be found above.