Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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14th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Atlanta 1996
Tournament details
Olympics 1996 Summer Olympics
Host nation United States
City Atlanta
Duration July 20 – August 4
Men's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Yugoslavia
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Lithuania
Women's tournament
Teams 12
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Brazil
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Australia
Tournaments
← Barcelona 1992  Sydney 2000 →

Basketball contests at the 1996 Olympic Games were held from July 20, 1996 to August 4, 1996. Games took place in the Morehouse College Gymnasium and in the Georgia Dome. For the second straight Olympic games, the American men's team composed almost completely of NBA players won the gold medal.

This was also the last Olympics before the founding of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in the United States, and it has been the only Summer Olympics to take place in a city with an NBA team – since the International Olympic Committee started allowing these professional players to compete – because Atlanta is the home of the Atlanta Hawks team. The Summer Olympics have never returned to the United States or to Canada (Toronto) since then.

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's  United States (USA)
Charles Barkley
Penny Hardaway
Grant Hill
Hakeem Olajuwon
Karl Malone
Reggie Miller
Shaquille O'Neal
Gary Payton
Scottie Pippen
Mitch Richmond
David Robinson
John Stockton
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Dejan Tomašević
Miroslav Berić
Dejan Bodiroga
Željko Rebrača
Predrag Danilović
Vlade Divac
Aleksandar Đorđević
Saša Obradović
Žarko Paspalj
Zoran Savić
Nikola Lončar
Milenko Topić
 Lithuania (LTU)
Arvydas Sabonis
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Darius Lukminas
Saulius Štombergas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Mindaugas Žukauskas
Gintaras Einikis
Andrius Jurkūnas
Artūras Karnišovas
Rytis Vaišvila
Tomas Pačėsas
Women's  United States (USA)
Teresa Edwards
Dawn Staley
Ruthie Bolton
Sheryl Swoopes
Jennifer Azzi
Lisa Leslie
Carla McGhee
Katy Steding
Katrina Felicia McClain
Rebecca Lobo
Venus Lacy
Nikki McCray
 Brazil (BRA)
Hortência Marcari Oliva
Maria Angelica
Adriana Aparecida Santos
Leila Sobral
Maria Paula Silva
Janeth Arcain
Roseli Gustavo
Marta Sobral
Silvinha
Alessandra Santos de Oliveira
Cintia Santos
Claudia Maria Pastor
 Australia (AUS)
Robyn Maher
Allison Cook
Sandy Brondello
Michele Timms
Shelley Sandie
Trisha Fallon
Michelle Chandler
Fiona Robinson
Carla Boyd
Jenny Whittle
Rachael Sporn
Michelle Brogan

With U.S.A. winning the gold medal, Scottie Pippen would become the first person to win NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, having played for Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.[1] He had played for the Bulls in 1992 and later that year, for the "Dream Team" at the Barcelona Olympics.

Qualification[edit]

An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. The reigning world champions and the host country qualify automatically, as do the winners of the five continental championships, plus the runner-up and third place from the Americas, the runner-up from Asia and the second through fourth places from the Europe tournament. For the women's tournament, the extra teams consisted of the runner-up from the Americas, in addition to the second and third places from Asia and Europe.

Men[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Angola  Puerto Rico
 Argentina
 Brazil
 China
 South Korea
 Yugoslavia
 Lithuania
 Croatia
 Greece
 Australia  United StatesWorld champions and Olympic hosts

Women[edit]

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Automatic qualifiers
 Zaire  Canada
 Cuba
 China
 South Korea
 Japan
 Ukraine
 Italy
 Russia
 Australia  BrazilWorld champions
 United States – Olympic hosts

Format[edit]

  • Twelve teams are split into two preliminary round groups of six teams each.
  • The top four teams from both groups qualify for the knockout stage.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking.
  • In the quarterfinals, the matchups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1.
    • The four eliminated from the quarterfinals form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals as follows: A1/B4 vs. A3/B2 and A2/B3 vs. A4/B1.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.

Tie-breaking criteria:

  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average (not the goal difference) between the tied teams
  3. Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group

Teams[edit]

Men[edit]

The men's event involved twelve teams split equally into two groups.

Women[edit]

The women's event involved 12 teams split in two groups.

Men's tournament[edit]

1996 men's teams.

Preliminary round[edit]

The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 0 522 345 +177 10
 Lithuania 3 2 427 354 +73 8 1W–0L
 Croatia 3 2 422 386 +36 8 0W–1L
 China 2 3 360 502 −142 7 1W–0L
 Argentina 2 3 351 396 −45 7 0W–1L
 Angola 0 5 280 379 −99 5
July 20
China  70–67  Angola
July 20
United States  96–68  Argentina
July 20
Lithuania  83–81  Croatia
July 22
Angola  54–87  United States
July 22
Croatia  109–78  China
July 22
Argentina  65–61  Lithuania
July 24
Croatia  71–48  Angola
July 24
Lithuania  82–104  United States
July 24
China  87–77  Argentina
July 26
Angola  49–85  Lithuania
July 26
Argentina  75–90  Croatia
July 26
United States  133–70  China
July 28
Argentina  66–62  Angola
July 28
China  55–116  Lithuania
July 28
Croatia  71–102  United States

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 5 0 478 364 +114 10
 Australia 4 1 492 438 +54 9
 Greece 3 2 402 416 −14 8
 Brazil 2 3 498 494 +4 7
 Puerto Rico 1 4 447 465 −18 6
 South Korea 0 5 422 562 −140 5
July 20
Australia  111–88  South Korea
July 20
Puerto Rico  98–101  Brazil
July 20
Greece  63–71  Yugoslavia
July 22
South Korea  86–98  Puerto Rico
July 22
Yugoslavia  91–68  Australia
July 22
Brazil  87–89  Greece
July 24
Yugoslavia  118–65  South Korea
July 24
Greece  80–69  Puerto Rico
July 24
Australia  109–101  Brazil
July 26
South Korea  86–108  Greece
July 26
Brazil  82–101  Yugoslavia
July 26
Puerto Rico  96–101  Australia
July 28
Brazil  127–97  South Korea
July 28
Australia  103–62  Greece
July 28
Yugoslavia  97–86  Puerto Rico

Knockout stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals (July 30) Semifinals (August 1) Gold medal (August 3)
                           
  B1   Yugoslavia 128  
A4   China 61  
  B1   Yugoslavia 66  
  A2   Lithuania 58  
A2   Lithuania 99
  B3   Greece 66  
    B1   Yugoslavia 69
  A1   United States 95
  B2   Australia 73  
A3   Croatia 71  
  B2   Australia 73 Bronze medal (August 3)
  A1   United States 101  
A1   United States 98 A2   Lithuania 80
  B4   Brazil 75   B2   Australia 74

Classification brackets[edit]

9th–12th Place

  July 30     9th place (August 3)
                 
  B6   South Korea 79  
  A5   Argentina 97    
      A5   Argentina 87
      B5   Puerto Rico 77
  A6   Angola 67    
  B5   Puerto Rico 76   11th place (August 3)
 
B6   South Korea 61
  A6   Angola 99

5th–8th Place

  August 1     5th place (August 3)
                 
  A4   China 75  
  B3   Greece 115    
      B4   Brazil 72
      B3   Greece 91
  B4   Brazil 78    
  A3   Croatia 70   7th place (August 3)
 
A3   Croatia 99
  A4   China 85

Women's tournament[edit]

1996 women's teams.

Preliminary round[edit]

The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 5 0 424 360 +64 10
 Russia 4 1 378 342 +36 9
 Italy 3 2 330 309 +21 8
 Japan 2 3 365 396 −31 7
 China 1 4 347 378 −31 6
 Canada 0 5 293 352 −59 5
July 21
Italy  62–53  China
July 21
Japan  63–73  Russia
July 21
Brazil  69–56  Canada
July 23
China  72–75  Japan
July 23
Canada  54–59  Italy
July 23
Russia  68–82  Brazil
July 25
Canada  49–61  China
July 25
Brazil  100–80  Japan
July 25
Italy  70–75  Russia
July 27
China  83–98  Brazil
July 27
Russia  68–49  Canada
July 27
Japan  52–66  Italy
July 29
Russia  94–78  China
July 29
Italy  73–75  Brazil
July 29
Canada  85–95  Japan

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 5 0 507 339 +168 10
 Ukraine 3 2 354 358 −4 8 1W–0L
 Australia 3 2 369 319 +50 8 0W–1L
 Cuba 2 3 365 377 −12 7 1W–0L
 South Korea 2 3 347 389 −42 7 0W–1L
 Zaire 0 5 287 447 −160 5
July 21
South Korea  61–76  Australia
July 21
Zaire  65–81  Ukraine
July 21
United States  101–84  Cuba
July 23
Australia  91–45  Zaire
July 23
Cuba  70–55  South Korea
July 23
Ukraine  65–98  United States
July 25
Cuba  63–75  Australia
July 25
United States  107–47  Zaire
July 25
South Korea  72–67  Ukraine
July 27
Australia  79–96  United States
July 27
Ukraine  87–75  Cuba
July 27
Zaire  71–95  South Korea
July 29
Ukraine  54–48  Australia
July 29
South Korea  64–105  United States
July 29
Cuba  73–59  Zaire

Knockout stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals (July 31) Semifinals (August 2) Gold medal (August 4)
                           
  B1   Brazil 101  
A4   Cuba 69  
  B1   Brazil 81  
  A2   Ukraine 60  
A2   Ukraine 59
  B3   Italy 50  
    B1   Brazil 87
  A1   United States 111
  B2   Russia 70  
A3   Australia 74  
  A3   Australia 71 Bronze medal (August 4)
  A1   United States 93  
A1   United States 108 A2   Ukraine 56
  B4   Japan 93   A3   Australia 66

Classification brackets[edit]

9th–12th Place

  July 31     9th place (August 3)
                 
  B6   Zaire 67  
  A5   China 91    
      A5   China 85
      B5   South Korea 71
  A6   Canada 79    
  B5   South Korea 88   11th place (August 3)
 
B6   Zaire 46
  A6   Canada 88

5th–8th Place

  August 1     5th place (August 3)
                 
  A4   Japan 69  
  A2   Russia 80    
      B4   Cuba 74
      A2   Russia 91
  B4   Cuba 78    
  A3   Italy 70   7th place (August 3)
 
A3   Italy 69
  A4   Japan 81

Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1  United States 8 8 0  United States 8 8 0
2  Yugoslavia 8 7 1  Brazil 8 7 1
3  Lithuania 8 5 3  Australia 8 5 3
4th  Australia 8 5 3  Ukraine 8 4 4
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Greece 8 5 3  Russia 8 6 2
6th  Brazil 8 3 5  Cuba 8 3 5
7th  Croatia 8 4 4  Japan 8 3 5
8th  China 8 2 6  Italy 8 3 5
Preliminary round 5th placers
9th  Argentina 7 4 3  China 7 3 4
10th  Puerto Rico 7 2 5  South Korea 7 3 4
Preliminary round 6th placers
11th  Angola 7 1 6  Canada 7 1 6
12th  South Korea 7 0 7  Zaire 7 0 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Sam (August 4, 1996). "DREAM TEAM'S SLEEPWALK ENDS WITH GOLD MEDAL". Chicago Tribune. p. 1.