Lenny Wilkens three times served as a gold-medal winning USA coach, including as head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team and as an assistant for the 1992 Dream Team at the Barcelona Olympics and 1992 Tournament of the Americas Team.
As an athlete, Lenny Wilkens played at Providence College, and then went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA between the St. Louis Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers. Playing in 1,077 NBA regular season games, he posted career averages of 16.5 points (17,772 points), 4.7 rebounds (5,030 rebounds) and 6.7 assists (7,211 assists) per game and was a nine-time NBA All-Star.
Serving as an assistant coach for the 1992 Tournament of the Americas Team, Lenny Wilkens helped guide the USA to a 6-0 record, gold medal and qualifying berth into the 1992 Olympic Games.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Lenny Wilkens was a USA assistant coach as the USA finished 8-0 and won the gold medal in spectacular fashion.
Prior to the Olympics, Lenny Wilkens and the 1996 USA Men's National Team went 5-0 during it exhibition games. The team, playing friendlies in Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Cleveland and Detroit, won the exhibitions by an average margin of 43.0 points per game and played in front of crowds averaging 23,530, including 36,702 at the RCA Dome Indianapolis.
Lenny Wilkens served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that wrapped up an 8-0 record and won the gold medal in Atlanta, beating opponents by an average of 31.7 points per game.
Lenny Wilkens three times has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, including in 1989 as a player, in 1998 as a coach and in 2010 as part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. He is pictured here taking part in a youth clinic during the 2012 USA Men’s National Team training camp.
Lenny Wilkens retired with 1,332 victories as an NBA coach, including leading the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics to an NBA championship and being named as the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year. Retiring from coaching as the NBA career leader for wins (1,332), he currently lists second, just behind gold-medal winning 1994 USA World Cup head coach Don Nelson (1,335).
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