Aug 08 2012
The United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team has seen some of the NBA‘s greatest players wear the red, white, and blue. In this year’s Olympic Games, I think avid basketball fans are not surprised one bit by the guys on the team.
Over the years, there have been a few surprises… I’m not just talking talent-wise. Every guy on the team has been talented, but just some surprises like, “Wow, this guy was representing the United States of America at the Olympics” or “Wow, I didn’t realize this guy played on the team.”
Hit the jump to see a few “wow’s” from the past 40 years or so….
5.) Stephon Marbury – 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece)
The 2004 team was a total utter disaster. When you think of USA Basketball, you want to think about quality guys who represent the country. Stephon Marbury was representing our country in Greece with this guy…..
4.) Allen Iverson – 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece)
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised here. Iverson was one of the best players in the game for a long time, but still. To think Iverson wore the jersey, and to think about where he is now – what a bad look. Starbury and Iverson on the same squad.. Yikes. Note – pretty much the same Argentinian Squad we are seeing today won the gold that year. Italy won silver?!?!
3.) Shaquille O’Neal – 1996 Olympics (Atlanta, Georgia)
I call it the curious case of Shaquille O’Neal playing in the Olympics. For a guy who dominated the game for so long to see him only once, and NOT even remember him playing.. Very Peculiar.
2.) Hakeem Olajuwon – 1996 Olympics (Atlanta, GA)
The only reason I found this interesting was because Hakeem ‘The Dream” was born in Nigeria and did not emigrate to the United States until he went to college at Houston. He chose to play for the US – my guess being at that time Nigeria wasn’t on the world stage in basketball.
1.) Doug Collins – 1972 Olympics (Munich, Germany)
This should surprise you because none of us were alive at this time – He’s announcing the games, and I’m sure it’s been mentioned, but if you didn’t know 76ers coach and current Olympics announcer Doug Collins balled in Munich in ’72 for the silver medal.
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