Happy Independence Day from everyone here at TOK. Be sure to eat plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs, enjoy the fireworks, and read a little basketball, which is becoming one of our national pastimes, behind football of course. Since we’re feeling mighty patriotic today, we’re going to show you which New York Knicks have suited up for Team USA in the Olympics.
1992 – Patrick Ewing
In 1984, future Knick Patrick Ewing made his Olympic debut, but it wasn’t until 1992 that pros were allowed to compete in the Olympics and the Dream Team was formed. I doubt we need a history lesson on this one. With Ewing as their starting center, USA dominated their opponents by an average of almost 44 points per game, cruising to a gold medal without even calling a timeout on the way.
2000 – Allan Houston
By 2000, the rest of the world was starting to catch up to the United State’s stranglehold on basketball. This year, Team USA was famous for being the first American team to win a game by less than double digits (they did it twice) and Vince Carter’s throw down on 7-foot Frenchman Frederic Weis. Houston led this team in three-pointers made, shooting 60% from downtown in eight games.
2004 – Stephon Marbury
USA Basketball had only lost two games in its history leading up to 2004 Olympics, but managed to lose three in the same tournament that year, settling for the bronze medal. I’m guessing it doesn’t surprise Knicks fans that it featured good ol’ Stephon Marbury, who started all eight games and shot 42% percent from the field. This team also featured future Knickerbockers Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Hmmm.
2012 – Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler
I’m not sure if 2012 counts as “throwback,” but nonetheless it was the first Team USA to feature two members of the Knicks in its starting lineup. Many like to compare this to the original Dream Team, and while it’s hard to tell if the legacies of the players on this team can compare to the one’s from 1992, I think it’s an argument that should be left alone for the sake of respect. There will never be another Dream Team because that was the world’s first look at high-level basketball talent. Anyways, the 2012 cruised to a gold medal, while witnessing Anthony set the record for points in an Olympic game with 37 in just 14 minutes.