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1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXIInd Olympiad -- 1980

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

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 RESULTS (5-1)
USA 97   NBA All-Stars 84
USA 97   NBA All-Stars
66
NBA All-Stars
78   USA 76
USA 77   NBA All-Stars
75
USA 82   NBA All-Stars
76
USA 81   1976 USA Oly. 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. 

Facing assorted NBA -All-Star rosters that included stars like Quinn Buckner, Michael Cooper, George Gervin, Marques Johnson, John Lucas, John Shumate, Reggie Theus, Kermit Washington, Dennis Johnson, Bob Lanier, Clint Richardson, Campy Russell, Jack Sikma, Reggie Theus, Paul Westphal, Nate Archibald, Alex English, Micheal Ray Richardson, Marvin Webster Mike Bantom, Junior Bridgeman, Phil Ford, Artis Gilmore, Magic Johnson,  Steve Mix,  Dan Roundfield, and others, the 1980 U.S. squad compied a 4-1 record.

Opening the tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on June 16, Michael Brooks scored 18 points to pace the U.S. to a 97-84 victory. Two nights later at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoeniz, behind Al Wood's 17 points the U.S. eanred a lopsided 97-66 win. Playing on June 20 at the Seattle Kingdome, the NBA All-Stars edged the 1980 U.S. Olympians 78-76 as Paul Westphal tallied 19 points for the victorious NBA team, while Rolando Blackman and Isiah Thomas each scored 12 points for the 1980 USA Team. The U.S. bounced back to post a 77-75 win over the NBAers in New York as Brooks finished with 20, Micheal Ray Richardson had 18 to lead the NBA All-Stars. Playing June 23 in Indianapolis, the U.S. Olympians battled to an 82-76 victory with Brooks leading the effort with 13 points. Closing out the Gold Medal Series with an 81-77 win versus members of the 1976 Olympic squad 81-77, Thomas and Wood each accounted for 13 points, and Walter Davis was credited with 14 points for the 1976 Olympians.

LaSalle College'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 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM 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 Vancisin, National Association of Basketball Coaches
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Tim Taft, University of North Carolina
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Troy Young, Arizona State University

1980 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PF PTS AST BLK STL
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 .--- 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 6 206-429 .480 98-150 .653 233/38.8 117 510/85.0 130 29 64
OPP. 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.

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