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1988 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXIVth Olympiad -- 1988

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Seoul, South Korea - September 17 - 30, 1988

The United States' men, coached by Georgetown's John Thompson, once again entered the 1988 Olympics as the co-favorites to win the gold. However, a semifinal loss to the Soviet Union ended the USA's dreams of gold, but the U.S. rebounded to win the bronze and finished with a respectable 7-1 record.

1988 USA RESULTS (7-1)
USA
97
  Spain 53
USA
76
  Canada 70
USA
102
  Brazil 87
USA
108
  China 57
USA
102
  Egypt 35
USA
94
  Puerto Rico 57
USSR
82
  USA 76
USA
78
  Australia 49
1988 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
1. Soviet Union (7-1) 7. Puerto Rico (4-4)
2. Yugoslavia (6-2) 8. Spain (4-4)
3. United States (7-1) 9. South Korea (2-5)
4. Australia (4-4) 10. Central Africa Rep. (2-5)
5. Brazil (5-3) 11. China (2-5)
6. Canada (3-5)

12. Egypt (0-7)

While the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia would each taste defeat in preliminary action, the U.S. team breezed through its pool competition winning all five of its games. Dropping Spain 97-53 in the opener, 11 of the USA's 12 players scored, led by David Robinson's 16 points and 11 rebounds. Canada challenged the U.S. throughout its contest, but in the end it was the Americans' scoring balance that made the difference as all 12 U.S. team members scored in the 76-70 victory. Hersey Hawkins paced the U.S. scoring with 13 points connecting on three-of-four three-point tries.

Brazil, which had defeated the U.S. a year earlier in the Pan American Games, was expected to test the Americans, and the U.S. passed the test recording a 102-87 win as again all 12 USA men scored, led by J.R. Reid's 16-point, eight-rebound effort. China was mowed over by the U.S. contingent 108-57 as eight U.S. players scored in double digits, including 20 points and nine rebounds from Dan Majerle. The U.S. closed out its pool play with a 102-35 thrashing of Egypt as Majerle and Robinson led the U.S. with 18 points each. Facing Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, the U.S. led by 20 at half and sailed to a 94-57 win as Danny Manning scored 18 points.

The long awaited USA-USSR Olympic matchup finally occurred, but it was in the semifinals. The game was the first Olympic matchup between the superpowers since the controversial 1972 Olympic finals. The U.S., playing without Hawkins who was injured, and forced to go without Manning for most of the first half because of foul trouble, struggled against the Soviets and at half trailed by 10 points, 47-37. The U.S. closed within two twice, 52-50 after a Reid steal and slam with 13:46 left and 59-57 on a fast-break basket by Willie Anderson. However, the Soviets answered with a 10-3 run to take a 69-60 lead with 5:25 remaining. With just over a minute left, the U.S. pulled within three, but again the Soviets turned back the U.S. rally and held on for the 82-76 win. Robinson led the U.S. with an outstanding 19-point, 12-rebound effort and Majerle added 15 points. Rimas Kourtinaitis led the USSR with 28 points, hitting four-of-10 three-point field goals.

Determined not to leave Seoul without a medal, the U.S. rebounded to crush Australia, 78-49. Trailing 5-4, the U.S. responded with an 18-2 run to take command 25-7 and end all Australian hopes of an upset. Mitch Richmond, Majerle and Robinson each scored 12 in the win. In the gold medal game, the Soviets, who had been beaten 92-79 by Yugoslavia earlier in pool play, reversed the outcome in the gold medal game, recording a 76-63 win over Yugoslavia for the gold.

1988 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Willie Anderson G 6-7 190 22 Georgia Atlanta, GA
Stacey Augmon F 6-7 192 20 UNLV Pasadena, CA
Vernell Coles G 6-1 175 20 Virginia Tech Lewisburg, WV
Jeff Grayer G 6-6 206 22 Iowa State Flint, MI
Hersey Hawkins G 6-2 192 21 Bradley Chicago, IL
Daniel Majerle G/F 6-5 225 23 Central Michigan Traverse City, MI
Danny Manning F 6-9 231 22 Kansas Lawrence, KS
J.R. Reid F 6-9 260 20 North Carolina Virginia Beach, VA
Mitch Richmond G 6-4 222 23 Kansas State Lauderhill, FL
David Robinson C 7-0 226 23 U.S. Naval Academy Woodbridge, VA
Charles D. Smith F 6-9 228 23 Pittsburgh Bridgeport, CT
Charles E. Smith IV G 6-0 149 20 Georgetown Washington, DC
HEAD COACH: John Thompson, Georgetown University 
ASSISTANT COACH: George Raveling, University of Southern California
ASSISTANT COACH: Mary Fenlon, Georgetown University 
MANAGER: Bill Stein, St. Peter's College 
TEAM PHYSICIAN: James Hill, Chicago, IL
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Troy Young, Arizona State University

1988 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Majerle 8
48- 83
.578
6- 16
.375
11- 18
.611
38/ 4.8
113/ 14.1
9
1
7
Robinson 8
40- 69
.580
0- 0
.000
22- 30
.733
54/ 6.8
102/ 12.8
7
19
9
Manning 8
40- 70
.571
0- 0
.000
11- 13
.846
48/ 6.0
 91/ 11.4
6
3
5
Richmond 8
29- 60
.483
1- 4
.250
12- 18
.667
27/ 3.4
 71/   8.9
17
0
10
Hawkins 4
11- 20
.550
5- 8
.625
8- 8
1.000
 4/ 1.0
 35/   8.8
0
0
2
C. E. Smith IV 8
28- 59
.475
4- 9
.444
9- 11
.818
10/ 1.3
 69/   8.6
16
0
7
C. D. Smith 8
23- 40
.575
0- 0
.000
16- 20
.800
33/ 4.1
 62/   7.8
2
6
1
Coles 8
23- 44
.523
0- 0
.000
11- 13
.846
14/ 1.8
 57/   7.1
7
0
11
Grayer 8
24- 45
.533
3- 6
.500
4- 9
.444
27/ 3.4
 55/   6.9
2
3
7
Reid 6
14- 30
.467
0- 0
.000
8- 13
.615
20/ 3.3
 36/   6.0
2
3
3
Anderson 7
16- 25
.640
0- 2
.000
3- 3
1.000
13/ 1.9
 35/   5.0
6
4
6
Augmon 6
3- 6
.500
0- 0
.000
1- 2
.500
11/ 1.8
  7/   1.2
0
1
5
USA 8
299-551
.543
19- 45
.422
116-158
.734
299/37.4
733/ 91.6
74
40
73
OPP. 8
167-453
.369
41-126
.325
115-166
.693
201/25.1
490/ 61.3
74
11
36

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