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  • 1930s

    • 1936: The US men were dominant from the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball, held in Berlin in 1936, going 5-0 to win the gold, and joined by continental neighbors Canada and Mexico on the medal platform. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1936: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1936: 1936 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 21 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1940s

    • 1948: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1948: Alex Groza and Ralph Beard, both briefly NBA stars, made the 1948 squad as Kentucky Wildcats, with 3-time Oklahoma State All-American, 6-time AAU All-American, and Hall of Famer Bob Kurland leading the way. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1948: 1948 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 23 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1950s

    • 1950: 2nd Med 2.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1950: 1950 World Championship: finished 2nd among 10 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1952: The 1952 team included big man Clyde Lovellette, a future Hall Of Famer and NBA star, but Kurland once again led the team to victory. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1952: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1952: 1952 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 23 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1954: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1954: 1954 World Championship: finished 1st among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1956: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1956: The 1956 team was led by San Francisco Dons Bill Russell and K.C. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1956: 1956 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 15 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1959: 2nd Med 2.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1959: 1959 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1960s

    • 1960: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1960: The 1960 team included a slew of future NBA stars, including not just Robertson, Dischinger, Lucas and West, but also Walter Bellamy. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1960: Participation in these tournaments were limited to amateurs, but the US teams during this period featured players who would later go on to become superstars in professional basketball, including all-time greats Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Terry Dischinger and Jerry Lucas; the latter four competed on the 1960 Rome team often credited as the best U.S. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1960: 1960 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1963: 1963 World Championship: finished 4th among 13 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: 1964 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1967: 1967 World Championship: finished 4th among 13 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1968: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1968: 1968 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • 1970: 1970 World Championship: finished 5th among 13 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: The United States rode their seven consecutive gold medals and 63-0 Olympic record to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: The 1972 Olympic men's basketball gold medal game, marking the first ever loss for the USA in Olympic play, is arguably the most controversial in Olympic history. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: 2nd Med 2.png (refused, never awarded) - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: 1972 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1974: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1974: 1974 World Championship: finished 3rd among 14 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: After the controversial loss in Munich, 1976 saw Dean Smith coach the USA to a 7–0 record and its eighth Olympic gold medal in Montreal. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: 1976 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1978: 1978 World Championship: finished 5th among 14 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1980s

    • 1980: In response to the American-led boycott of the 1980 games, the Soviet Union led a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1980: The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan prompted 62 countries, including the United States, to boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1980: Did not participate (1980 Summer Olympics boycott) - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: 2nd Med 2.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: 1982 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: The Communist countries of Cuba, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Afghanistan, North Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Ethiopia, and Laos participated in the boycott of the 1984 Games, held in Los Angeles. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: 1984 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: 1986 World Championship: finished 1st among 24 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: With the introduction of professionals, the team was able to spark a second run of dominance after capturing only a bronze medal in 1988. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: 1988 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1989: Traditionally composed of amateur players, a 1989 rule change by FIBA allowed USA Basketball to field teams with professional players. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1989: FIBA, international basketball's governing body, allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

    • 1990: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1990s: During the late 1990s, international basketball began to gather attention as more and more foreign players became stars in the NBA. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1990: 1990 World Championship: finished 3rd among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: The team assembled by USA Basketball for the tournament in Barcelona in 1992 was one of the most illustrious collections of talent assembled in the history of international sport. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: This was an entirely new roster, as USA Basketball elected to showcase stars who were not present at the 1992 Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: 1st Med 1.png (1989 rule change by FIBA allowed USA Basketball to field teams with professional players) - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: Prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, only European and South American professionals were allowed to play in the Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: The first such team, known as the "Dream Team", won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, playing in the final against Croatian team. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: Roster until the formation of the 1992 Dream Team. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: 1992 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: The United States fielded another team composed of professional players in the 1994 World Championship, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: A team of professional players competed in the 1994 Basketball World Championships, finishing first. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: 1994 World Championship: finished 1st among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: The third team composed of NBA players participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: Of the twelve players on the team, ten were named in 1996 among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, the NBA's official list of the 50 greatest players of the league's first 50 years. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: 2000, and 2008, the USA again captured gold medals. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: 1996 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 12 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: 1998 World Championship: finished 3rd among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 2000s

    • 2000: The close outcome of 2000 and the humiliating results of 2002 prompted a number of NBA superstars to agree to join the team for the FIBA Americas Championship 2003, which the squad was required to participate in to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2000: Team participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and was coached by Rudy Tomjanovich. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2000: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2000: To a greater degree than in 2000, a number of top NBA players declined to participate, forcing USA Basketball to resort to picking mostly second-tier players. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: Facing increased competition, the USA failed to win a medal at the 2002 World Championship, finishing sixth. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: Following the disappointments in 2002 and 2004, USA Basketball appointed Jerry Colangelo to be solely responsible for selecting the team. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: The 2002 team competed in the World Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: 2002 World Championship: finished 6th among 16 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: Next up for the Americans in the semifinals was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist Argentina, led by Manu Ginóbili - the team that had beaten them in the semifinals four years prior. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: The revamped 2004 team consisted of some young NBA stars early in their careers, such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but also included recent Most Valuable Players Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: The 2004 Summer Olympic team lost three games on its way to a bronze medal, a record that represented more losses in a single year than the country's Olympic teams had suffered in all previous Olympiads combined. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: After struggles in several exhibition matches, the vulnerability of the 2004 team was confirmed when Puerto Rico defeated them 92–73 in the first game of the Olympic tournament in Athens. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: Before 2004, American teams had only lost two games in all previous Olympic tournaments, whereas in this one the American team lost three. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • August 15, 2004: At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team became the second team in history to defeat the United States Olympic basketball team, recording only the third loss in an Olympic competition for the U. - Puerto Rico men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: Wade, James and Carmelo Anthony were named captains of the 2006 USA World Championship Team. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: While some prominent players, such as Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, stated that they did not plan to play for the team, superstars Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James publicly announced their commitment for the 2006 Worlds and the ensuing 2008 Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: 3rd Med 3.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: Colangelo made it clear that he would ask players for a three-year commitment—the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: The USA won their first seven games at the 2006 World Championships in Japan, losing against Greece in the semi-finals, ending the competition with the bronze medal. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: In the 2006 Worlds, the team was eliminated by Greece at the semifinals, after a dramatic match. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: 2006 World Championship: finished 3rd among 24 teams - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2008: 1st Med 1.png - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
    • 2008: The USA won gold two years later, though, at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a dominant performance. - United States men's national basketball team, Wikipedia.
  • 2010s

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