2004 United States men's Olympic basketball team

The 2004 United States men's Olympic basketball team competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The team was led by Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown. The team was noted for being one of the most disappointing USA men's Olympic teams, after it lost three games in the Olympics against its opponents, which is the most games ever lost by a USA men's Olympic basketball team.

2004 United States men's Olympic basketball team
Basketball at the Summer Olympics season
Head coachLarry Brown
2004 Summer Olympics
Scoring leaderUnited States Allen Iverson[1]
13.8
Rebounding leaderUnited States Tim Duncan
9.1
Assists leaderUnited States Stephon Marbury
3.4
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One of the losses was the biggest loss by points margin in a game in their history, which came in a loss against Puerto Rico. The team also lost games in the Olympics to Lithuania and Argentina. In addition, the team also lost a friendly preparation game prior to the Olympics, against Italy, by a score of 95–78[2][3][4] This was the second time that Team USA won the bronze medal, having also done so at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

RosterEdit

 
Team USA members warming up before one of their preparation games in 2004, at Belgrade Arena.

The following is the United States roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics.[5]

United States men's national basketball team – 2004 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 4 Iverson, Allen 29 – (1975-06-07)7 June 1975 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Philadelphia 76ers  
G 5 Marbury, Stephon 27 – (1977-02-20)20 February 1977 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) New York Knicks  
G 6 Wade, Dwyane 22 – (1982-01-17)17 January 1982 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Miami Heat  
F 7 Boozer, Carlos 22 – (1981-11-20)20 November 1981 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Cleveland Cavaliers  
F 8 Anthony, Carmelo 20 – (1984-05-29)29 May 1984 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Denver Nuggets  
F 9 James, LeBron 19 – (1984-12-30)30 December 1984 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Cleveland Cavaliers  
C 10 Okafor, Emeka 21 – (1982-09-28)28 September 1982 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) University of Connecticut  
F 11 Marion, Shawn 26 – (1978-05-07)7 May 1978 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Phoenix Suns  
C 12 Stoudemire, Amar'e 21 – (1982-11-16)16 November 1982 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Phoenix Suns  
F 13 Duncan, Tim (C) 28 – (1976-04-25)25 April 1976 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) San Antonio Spurs  
F 14 Odom, Lamar 24 – (1979-11-06)6 November 1979 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Miami Heat  
G 15 Jefferson, Richard 24 – (1980-06-21)21 June 1980 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) New Jersey Nets  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • nat field describes country
    of last club
    before the tournament
  • Age as of August 13, 2004

The close outcome of the 2000 Summer Olympics and the humiliating results of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, prompted a number of NBA superstars to agree to join the team for the 2003 FIBA Tournament of the Americas. That U.S. team was dubbed as "The Dream Team IV",[6][7] and the squad was required to play at the 2003 FIBA Tournament of the Americas in order to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team cruised to a first-place finish at the Americas Championship, and earned a spot in Athens, Greece, the following summer.

However, the U.S. team that competed in 2003, could not be kept together. Nine of its 12 players elected not to participate in Athens. As a result, the 2004 U.S. team consisted of some young NBA stars that were still early in their careers, such as Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Only Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson were a part of the 2003 FIBA Tournament of the Americas San Juan gold medal team and the 2004 Olympics team. The 2004 Olympics team was guided by head coach Larry Brown. The 2004 Olympic team included two previous NBA Most Valuable Players, in Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson.[8]

Statistical leadersEdit

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 13.8
Rebounds per game Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 9.1
Assists per game Stephon Marbury New York Knicks 3.4
Steals per game Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 2.1
Blocks per game Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 1.3
FG% Carlos Boozer Utah Jazz .625

Records brokenEdit

  • Stephon Marbury scored 31 points and hit a record six three-pointers against Spain.
  • Team USA shot 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) 3-pointers in that same game.

ResultsEdit

2004 Summer Olympics (Athens)
Game Opponent Result Point
diff
Round Notes Ref.
1   Puerto Rico L 73–92 -19 Group Play Team’s third and biggest Olympic loss [9][10]
2   Greece W 77–71 +6 Group Play [11]
3   Australia W 89–79 +10 Group Play [12]
4   Lithuania L 90–94 -4 Group Play Team’s fourth Olympic loss [13]
5   Angola W 89–53 +36 Group Play [14]
6   Spain W 102–94 +8 Quarterfinals [15]
7   Argentina L 81–89 -8 Semifinals Team’s fifth Olympic loss [9]
8   Lithuania W 104–96 +8 Bronze Final US wins bronze medal [16]
Tournament totals: 5–3 record; 88 points per game; +4.6 average point differential

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2004 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men 13 to 29 Aug. 2004 - Athens in Greece.
  2. ^ Italia-Usa 95-78: gli azzurri nella storia del basket (in Italian).
  3. ^ Italians' 3-point shooting nets 45 points.
  4. ^ Italy stun US 'Dream Team'.
  5. ^ "Men's Basketball Team Roster – United States (USA)" (PDF). 2004 Athens. LA84 Foundation. 9 April 2014. p. 89.
  6. ^ Will Leitch (2016-06-29). "The Dream Team hangs over every USA basketball team". Sports on Earth. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  7. ^ "Basketball: "Dream Team IV" löst Tickets für Sydney – SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. 1999-07-24. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ a b 2004 USA Men's Basketball Olympic Summary Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014\.
  10. ^ Box score (8/15/04) Archived November 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Box score (8/17/04) Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014
  12. ^ Box score (8/19/04) Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014
  13. ^ Box score (8/21/04) Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Box score (8/23/04) Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved .April 19, 2014
  15. ^ Box score (8/26/04) Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  16. ^ Box score (8/28/04) Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, USA Basketball, Retrieved April 19, 2014.

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