Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Basketball At The 1996 Summer Olympics

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Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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Basketball contests at the 1996 Olympic Games were held from July 20, 1996 to August 4, 1996. Games took place at the Morehouse College Gymnasium and the Georgia Dome. For the second straight Olympic games, the American men's team composed almost entirely of NBA players won the gold medal. This was also the last Olympics before the inception of the Women's National Basketball Association in the United States and the only Summer Olympics to take place in a city with an NBA team since the league started allowing its players to compete in the games, as Atlanta is home to the Hawks.

Medalists



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

Qualification

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...
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