1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Los Angeles, California, USA • July 29 - August 10, 1984


Basketball, the sport invented 93 years prior in Springfield, Mass., made its first Olympic appearance on its native soil. Waltzing past all opposition, both the USA men's and women's basketball teams captured gold medals. It was the first time in Olympic basketball history that a single nation won the men's and women's tournaments in the same Olympiad.

1984 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA
97 
 China 49
USA
89 
 Canada 68
USA
104 
 Uruguay 68
USA
120 
 France 62
USA
101 
 Spain 68
USA
78 
 F. R. Germany 67
USA
78 
 Canada 59
USA
96 
 Spain 65

*1984 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1.United States (8-0) 7. Australia (4-4)
2. Spain (6-2) 8. F. R. of Germany (2-6)
3. Yugoslavia (7-1) 9. Brazil (4-4)
4. Canada (4-4) 10. China (2-6)
5. Italy (6-2) 11. France (2-6)
6. Uruguay (3-5) 12. Egypt (0-8)

*Several countries, including Bulgaria, Cuba, and the Soviet Union chose not to participate in the 1984 Olympics.

But just as the 1980 Olympic basketball suffered from the USA's decision to not participate, the 1984 Olympics suffered because the Soviet bloc countries decided not to participate. Regardless, the 1984 American men, coached by Indiana's Bob Knight, dominated and drew favorable comparisons to the 1960 USA team which many believe was the best USA Olympic team ever.

Man-handling China in the opener 97-49, all 12 U.S. team members scored while Alvin Robertson was high scorer with 18 points. Two days later, Canada was bettered by the Americans by 21 points, 89-68, as Michael Jordan paced the U.S. attack with 20 points. With all 12 U.S. players? again managing points, the U.S., behind Patrick Ewing's 17-point, nine-rebound effort, crushed Uruguay 104-68. France fell next, 120-62, while Steve Alford led the offense with 18 points and again all 12 U.S. players scored. Finishing pool play 5-0 after knocking off Spain 101-68, the U.S. only led 46-41 at halftime despite Jordan scoring 18 first half points. Spain pulled to within three, 51-48 with 16:04 to play, but a 15-2 run by the U.S. put the game out of reach. Jordan, who injured his ankle in the second half, finished with 24 points. Behind Alford's 17 points and Jordan's 14 points, the U.S. slipped past West Germany in its closest contest of the Games, 78-67. Bettering Canada for the second time in the Games, Knight's squad advanced to the gold medal game after recording a 78-59 semifinal win as Chris Mullin scored 20 points. The expected USA-Yugoslavia finals matchup never materialized after Spain upended Yugoslavia 74-61 in the semifinals.

Shooting 63.9 percent from the floor, the American men captured their ninth Olympic title with a convincing 96-65 victory over Spain in the gold medal game. Opening a comfortable lead early, the U.S. was led to victory by Jordan's 20 points, while Wayman Tisdale added 14 and Sam Perkins scored 12.

The U.S. team hit 55.7 percent of their shots in the tournament--the highest percentage any U.S. Olympic team had recorded since they started keeping Olympic field goal shooting statistics in 1964. At the other end, the Americans limited their eight opponents to a 38.9 percentage from the field and won by an average of 32.1 points.

Jordan took his first step toward international stardom by leading the USA to the gold with a team high 17.1 points-per-game average. Mullin added 11.6 ppg., while Tisdale led the team in rebounding averaging 6.4 rpg. Ewing was the tournament's leading shot blocker with 18, and Leon Wood dished-out 63 assists to lead the 1984 Olympics in assists.

1984 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Steve Alford G 6-1 163 19 Indiana New Castle, IN
Patrick Ewing C 7-0 248 21 Georgetown Cambridge, MA
Vern Flemming G 6-5 184 23 Georgia Long Island City, NY
Michael Jordan G 6-5 199 21 North Carolina Wilmington, NC
Joe Kleine F 6-11 269 22 Arkansas Slater, MO
Jon Koncak C 7-0 250 21 Southern Methodist Kansas City, MO
Chris Mullin G 6-6 211 20 St. John's Brooklyn, NY
Sam Perkins F 6-9 233 23 North Carolina Latham, NY
Alvin Robertson G 6-4 193 21 Arkansas Barberton, OH
Wayman Tisdale F 6-9 259 20 Oklahoma Tulas, OK
Jeff Turner F 6-9 229 22 Vanderbilt Brandon, FL
Leon Wood G 6-3 190 22 California State University, Fullerton Santa Monica, CA
HEAD COACH: Bob Knight, Indiana University
ASSISTANT COACH: George Raveling, University of Iowa
ASSISTANT COACH: Don Donoher, University of Dayton
MANAGER: C.M. Newton, Vanderbilt University
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Robert Leach, Weston, Massachusetts
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tim Garl, Indiana University

1984 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Jordan 8
60-110
.545
17-25
.680
24/ 3.0
137/ 17.1
16
7
12
Mullin 8
38-  67
.567
17-22
.773
20/ 2.5
  93/ 11.6
24
3
14
Ewing 8
31-  56
.554
26-35
.743
45/ 5.6
  88/ 11.0
4
18
6
Alford 8
38-  59
.644
 6-  7
.857
26/ 3.3
  82/ 10.3
26
0
12
Tisdale 8
27-  50
.540
15-23
.652
51/ 6.4
  69/   8.6
3
7
6
Perkins 8
29-  50
.580
 7-  8
.875
43/ 5.4
  65/   8.1
10
5
7
Robertson 8
26-  40
.650
10-14
.714
22/ 2.8
  62/   7.8
20
0
17
Flemming 7
23-  45
.511
 8-17
.471
19/ 2.7
  54/   7.7
19
1
9
Wood 8
14-  24
.583
19-24
.792
16/ 2.0
  47/   5.9
63
0
3
Kleine 8
10-  16
.625
 7-  8
.875
16/ 2.0
  27/   3.4
3
2
1
Koncack 8
11-  25
.440
 4-  8
.500
19/ 2.4
  26/   3.3
1
2
3
Turner 8
 3-  15
.200
 7-  9
.778
17/ 2.1
  13/   1.6
6
1
3
USA 8
310-557
.557
143-200
.715
318/39.8
763/95.4
195
46
93
OPP. 8
185-475
.389
136-194
.701
290/36.3
506/63.3
119
9
51

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