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Facts & Photos: 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 6, 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. 6

Mike Krzyzewski became the first U.S. Olympic men’s basketball head coach to lead the USA to three-straight Olympic gold medals. (Henry Iba also led three men’s Olympic teams, but he won gold in 1964 and 1968 and silver in 1972.) During his 10 years (2006-2016) as the USA National Team head coach, Krzyzewski led USA teams to a sterling 60-1 record in FIBA competitions and a 28-0 mark in exhibition games.

Mike Krzyzewski

  The USA’s 8-0 record at the 2016 Games upped the USA men’s Olympic win streak to 25 games, dating back to the 2004 bronze medal game.

2016 U.S. Olympic Men

The USA’s 30-point victory over Serbia (96-66) in the 2016 Olympic gold medal game was largest margin of victory in an Olympic men’s basketball gold medal contest since the 1992 Dream Team defeated Croatia by 32 points (117-85).

2016 U.S. Olympic Men
From left to right: Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.

  Carmelo Anthony became the first U.S. men’s basketball player to suit up in four Olympic Games – winning bronze in 2004 and gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Carmelo Anthony

  The 2016 U.S. Olympic Roster featured just two Olympic veterans, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.  

 Kevin Durant

Ten athletes made their Olympic debut in 2016, including Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson.

2016 U.S. Olympic Men's podium
From left to right: Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

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