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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.

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