Since the debut of the USA Basketball “Dream Team” at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, the American men have won gold all but once: 2004. Before the 1992 Olympics, FIBA, the governing body of international basketball, did not allow NBA players to participate. That changed in 1989 and with it, parity in international basketball competitions. Coming off a bronze medal finish at the 1988 Games, the “Dream Team” of 1992 was set on regaining gold, as the Americans had done nine times before (1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1976 and 1984). They did just that, and since 1992, there has only been one underachieving campaign for USA men’s basketball at the Olympics: the aforementioned 2004 tournament.
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