Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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14th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Atlanta 1996
Tournament details
Olympics1996 Summer Olympics
Host nationUnited States
CityAtlanta
DurationJuly 20 – August 4
Men's tournament
Teams12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists Yugoslavia
3 Bronze medalists  Lithuania
Women's tournament
Teams12
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists Brazil
3 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.

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
 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
details
 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 the U.S. 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

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

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

Knockout stage[edit]

  Quarterfinals (July 30) Semifinals (August 1) Gold medal (August 2)
                           
  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 2)
  A1  United States 101  
A1  United States 98 A2  Lithuania 80
  B4  Brazil 75   B2  Australia 74

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

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

Knockout stage[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

Final standings[edit]

Rank Men Women
Team Pld W L Team Pld W L
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 8 8 0  United States 8 8 0
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 8 7 1  Brazil 8 7 1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  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.