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Facts & Photos: 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 8, 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: August 8

During the 1992 Olympic Games, the Dream Team led opponents for 306 minutes and 54 seconds out of a possible 320 minutes. The USA trailed for only 6:05 and was tied for 7:01.

1992 Men's Olympic Sideline
From left to right: Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

U.S. head coach Chuck Daly never called even one timeout during the entire Olympic Games.

Chuck Daly

The USA reached the century mark in all eight games and is the only team to accomplish that feat in the Olympics.

1992 Men's Olympic Sideline
From left to right: Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.

It was Karl Malone who scored the Dream Team’s first point in Olympic action, sinking the second of two free throw attempts just 11 seconds into its opening game against Angola. And, it also was “The Mailman” who scored the USA’s final points, hitting a jumper with 41.1 seconds left in the gold medal game versus Croatia.

Karl Malone

The Dream Team was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame also in 2009, and 11 of the 12 players on the U.S. roster and three of the four coaches have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as individuals. Christian Laettner, the one athlete not yet in the Naismith Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

1992 Men's Olympic Medal Stand
The 1992 team on the gold-medal podium.

The USA coaching staff all dressed up and ready to walk into the 1992 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Lenny Wilkens, Chuck Daly, Mike Krzyzewski, P.J. Carlesimo
USA coaches (from left to right): Lenny Wilkens, Chuck Daly, Mike Krzyzewski, P.J. Carlesimo.

Larry Bird’s final field goal in an official basketball game came in the 1992 Olympics with 1:20 remaining in the USA’s semifinal game versus Lithuania on Aug. 6, 1992. Bird officially retired from the NBA on Aug. 18, 1992.

Larry Bird

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