Like its predecessor, the 1992 U.S. olympic team did it, the 1996 united states men’s olympic team proved to be the best on the road to compiling a perfect 8-0 record and capturing gold at the atlanta summer olympics.
Coached by Lenny Wilkens, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, and relying on another collection of NBA superstars, the 1996 Olympians continued the ‘Dream Team’ legacy with class and distinction . With a balance of respected veteran stars and some of the brightest young players in the game, record crowds watched the USA. uu. capture the gold drawing 258,106 spectators during the eight united states games, the united states. he averaged 32,263 fans per game.
Behind an 18-point, seven-rebound performance by three-time Olympian David Robinson, theu.s. They overcame a slow start to open the games with a 96-68 victory over Argentina. Scoring a team that led 12 points, Karl Malone led a balanced USA scoring effort that saw nine players score between 12 and seven points while the USA. rolled to an 87-54 victory over angola. Lithuania was expected to test the American team, but trailing 18 points and five rebounds from Charles Barkley’s team, USA. uu. walked to a convincing 104-82 victory.
Scottie Pippen’s 24-point performance led seven U.S. players in double-digit scoring as the United States set four US Olympic records and in the process defeated China 133-70 as an Olympic basketball record crowd of 34,417 looked on. Grant Hill had 19 points, and Reggie Miller, who shot a US Olympic record with five of eight 3-pointers from the field, added 17 points. the 133 points of usa uu. They were the largest amount ever achieved by the US. uu. olympic team. Concluding preliminary pool play against 1992 Olympic silver medalist Croatia, the United States cruised to a 102-71 victory as Mitch Richmond led the charge with 16 points, and Barkley added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
facing brazil in the quarterfinals, shooting guard anfernee hardaway scored 14 points and shaquille o’neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds as u.s. dominated brazil 98-75 with a crowd of 31,740 spectators.
Facing Australia in the semifinal medal game, in front of 34,069 fans and behind Barkley’s 24 points and 11 rebounds, the United States defeated Australia 101-73.
at the gold medal game, witnessed by an olympic men’s basketball record crowd of 34,600, the us. uu. He finished strong to hand Yugoslavia its only loss of the Games 95-69 and win the gold medal. The United States, trailing by seven points midway through the first half, struggling with their shooting early, battled back to take a 43-38 halftime lead. only leading 51-50 with 14:03 remaining, usa. uu. sealed his gold medal after going on a 18-4 run to take control 69-55. ee uu. It was marked by game-high 28 points (9-11 fgs) and seven rebounds from Robinson, while Miller finished with 20 points and Hardaway added 17.
1996 usa. uu. men’s olympic team roster
1996 usa. uu. accumulated statistics of the men’s Olympic team