menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share

E-Team

Shop

WEAR WHAT THE TEAM WEARS

Shop Now USA Basketball
2000 U.S. Olympic Men

Facts & Photos: 2000 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Jul 29, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were to be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Summer Games to 2021. USA Basketball is celebrating the original dates of the 2020 Olympics with a look back at past U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s basketball teams through photos and fun facts. Be sure to check in daily for Olympic memories galore!

On this day in USA Basketball Olympic History: July 29


Of the 12 members of the 2000 squad, only Jason Kidd (2000 and 2008) and Gary Payton (1996 and 2000) played in more than one Olympic Games.

Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd

Gary Payton
Gary Payton

Vince Carter slammed home perhaps the most famous dunk of his career – rising over 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis of France in the USA’s final preliminary round contest on Sept. 25, 2000.

Vince Carter

24-year-old Kevin Garnett averaged a team second-best-10.8 points per game, as well as 9.1 rebounds per game, which led all players at the 2000 Summer Games.

Kevin Garnett

The USA’s 85-76 win over Lithuania in preliminary round play was the closest margin of victory for the U.S. men since NBA players began competing in 1992. In a rematch between the two teams in the semifinals, the USA hung on to record an 85-83 win.

Ray Allen
Ray Allen

The USA’s gold medal matchup against France was the second team the USA had to beat twice in Sydney. The U.S. topped Lithuania 85-76 in the preliminary round and 85-84 in the semifinals and France 106-94 in the prelims and 85-75 in the championship game.

2000 U.S. Olympic Men

Prior to the 2000 Olympics, the USA men and women played a double-header in Melbourne against Australia’s national teams, and the U.S. women’s soccer team, which was training in Melbourne, came to watch and support the basketball teams.  

 Alonzo Mourning, Vince Carter, Gary Payton
From left to right: Alonzo Mourning, Vince Carter and Gary Payton.


Related Videos

On the first anniversary of his death, USA Basketball remembers the legendary Kobe Bryant.

USA Basketball rang in the new year, which is full of promise and the long-awaited Tokyo Olympics, with this little teaser for our fans.

On Sept. 25 at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Vince Carter slammed what likely was the most famous dunk of his career.

Twenty years after the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team made its indelible impact on international basketball at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, USA Basketball’s 2012 Men’s National Team, wearing 1992 USA Basketball throwback jerseys, returned to the hardwood in Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain and battled to a hard-fought 86-80 win over Argentina.

USA co-captain Allen Iverson had never hit a game winning shot in his illustrious playing career until he did so on Aug. 4, 2004. With time about to run out, he dribbled across mid-court and launched a game-winning 40-foot 3-pointer to lift the USA National Team to an 80-77 victory over Germany in front of a sold-out Kolnarena crowd numbering 18,000. The Iverson answer was a fitting end to a game that was tight the entire way and one in which NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki almost single-handedly kept his country within striking distance. Nowitzki finished the night with a game-best 32 points on 13-for-23 shooting overall, while adding 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Related Content

  • Author:
    Steve Drumwright, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Feb 23, 2021

U.S. basketball teams have been the most successful in Olympic history, something players, coaches and administrators work hard to sustain.

The official draw for the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball competition was announced and the USA was drawn into Group A alongside France, Iran and one team still to qualify.

Spencer Haywood believes the Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for future talent to make the leap from high school directly to the NBA should be known as the Spencer Haywood Rule, but the book is about much more than that.

Kobe Bryant’s USA Basketball legacy will never be forgotten.

On the first anniversary of his death, USA Basketball remembers the legendary Kobe Bryant.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?