Michael Jordan at the Olympic Games 1984 and 1992
Information about Michael Jordan and his two Olympic medals
Michael Jordan was an olympic athlete two times in his career, once when he was about to became a NBA player in 1984 and the other after the first of his 6 NBA championships in 1992, as a member of the best basketball team ever, the original "Dream Team"...
Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games
Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games
|Coach||Bob Knight (Indiana University)||Chuck Daly (New Jersey Nets)|
|Roster||Michael Jordan - Patrick Ewing - Sam Perkins - Chris Mullin - Alvin Robertson - Steve Alford - Vern Flemming - Joe Kleine - Jon Koncak - Wayman Tisdale - Jeff Turner - Leon Wood||Michael Jordan - Charles Barkley - Larry Bird - Clyde Drexler - Patrick Ewing - Magic Johnson - Christian Laettner - Karl Malone - Chris Mullin - Scottie Pippen - David Robinson - John Stockton|
|Leaders||Jordan 17.1pts / Mullin 11.6 pts||Barkley 18.0 pts / Jordan 14.9 pts|
|Comment||At the age of 21 and without NBA players on the roster (they weren't still allowed to compete in the Olympics),
Jordan led the U.S. team in scoring with an average of 17.1 points per game.
The U.S. team had little trouble in the tournament, going undefeated and winning by an average of 32 points per game to became one of the best olympic basketball teams ever, maybe excel only by the 1992 Dream Team and the 1960 U.S. gold winner team.
Jordan was the team leader in points in 3 games, including the gold medal game where he scored 20 points.
The importance of this tournament in Michael Jordan's career is that it was the first time the basketball world had the chance to see who was going to became the brightest star of this sport.
|It's hard to find words to describe this unbelievable team, you just have to read the names and it's all said. It was the first time that NBA players were admitted in the Olympic Games. Maybe with Jordan it would have been enough to win the gold, but this team was a collection of superstars that didn't find opposition.
Charles Barkley was the team scoring leader but it was Jordan who led the U.S. in the games against the harder rival and silver medallist Croatia. He scored 21 points in the first round game and 22 in the gold medal contest. MJ also leaded the tournament with 37 steals.
The U.S. team averaged an Olympic record of 117.3 points a game, and won by an average of 43.8 points. Croatia was the opponent that came closest with a final deficit of 32 point in the gold medal game (117-85).
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