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1984 U.S. Olympic Men

Facts & Photos: 1984 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 4, 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: Aug. 4


The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics marked the first Olympic basketball competition held in the United States. And, with the U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams winning gold, 1984 was the first time a single nation won both tournaments in the same year.

1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Team

Following the USA not participating in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, the Soviet Union, along with seventeen other countries, boycotted the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

 1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Podium

The USA was led by Bobby Knight, with assistant coaches Don Donoher, C.M. Newton and George Raveling.

1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Coaches
From left to right: C.M. Newton, George Raveling, Bobby Knight and Don Donoher.

Michael Jordan, who also won gold at the 1992 Olympics, made his Olympic debut at the 1984 Games, and he averaged a team-high 17.1 points per game.

Michael Jordan

Like Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin made their Olympic debuts in 1984 and returned to win gold in 1992 as well.

Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing

Chris Mullin
Chris Mullin

Steve Alford’s 8-of-8 shooting from the field against France at the 1984 Olympic Games still stands as a U.S. Olympic men’s single-game record for shooting percentage.

Steve Alford

In the U.S. Olympic men’s single-competition records, Leon Wood’s 63 assists in 1984 remain at the No. 1 spot.

Leon Wood

The 1984 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Trials, held April 17-22 at Indiana University, consisted of 72 of college basketball’s top players. Among the list of players who did not make the Olympic roster were future Olympians Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and John Stockton, as well as Johnny Dawkins, Terry Porter, Joe Dumars, Dell Curry, Chuck Person, Tyrone Corbin, A.C. Green, Antoine Carr, Otis Thorpe, Michael Cage, Kevin Willis and Roy Tarpley.

1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Trials 


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