25 July, 2021
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Can you name these Olympic medalists?

TOKYO (Japan) - Basketball's legends have left indelible marks on the Olympic Games over the years. 

Have a look and see if you can name the player and the Olympics he  played in .

Player #1

Known as The Mozart of Basketball, he was a prolific scorer and MVP of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 1986 in Spain. In one victory over the Netherlands, this future FIBA Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard erupted for 47 points.    

The native of Sibenik claimed bronze and silver medals with Yugoslavia at the 1984 and1988 Olympics and silver again with Croatia at the 1992 Summer Games. His average of 24.6 points per contest at the Barcelona Games was second only to Oscar Schmidt's 24.8.

Player #2

This player was left off the American team for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles but went on to become one of the best players in basketball history.

The Round Mound of Rebound, who hailed from the state of Alabama, was an easy choice to be on the USA's Olympic gold medal winning sides of 1992 and 1996. He led the Dream Team in scoring at 18 points per contest at the Barcelona Games.

Player #3

The shooting guard from Bahia Blanca, Argentina, captured the imagination with a long career that included the most incredible, unbelievable shot-making! One of the wildest, and craziest, made shots of his career came at the 2004 Olympics against Serbia and Montenegro, a basket that won the game and helped propel his team to the gold medal.

This player poured in a game-high 29 points over the defending champions USA in the Semi-Finals of the Athens Olympics and led Argentina in scoring at 19. 3 points per game. After Argentina's Gold Medal Game triumph over Italy, he was named MVP of the Olympics.

Player #4

This player had a U.S. Olympic single-game record of 37 points in just 14:29 minutes of action in a 156-73 win over Nigeria in the Preliminary Round of the 2012 Olympics in London.

He was in the top three in scoring in gold medal winning USA teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and finished the Rio Games ranked first in games played (31), points (336), field goals made (113), field goals attempted (262), rebounds (125), 3-point field goals attempted (139), free throws made (53) and free throws attempted (71). He was the first four-time USA Olympic basketball player, and the first three-time champion.

Player #5

Nicknamed La Bomba, he had a starring role for Europe's most dominant team in the first two decades since the Millenium. 

Every opponent feared the potential scoring explosion of this five-time Olympian, a guard that never disappointed and especially in the big games. In the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Game, he erupted for 18 points for Spain but the USA claimed a late, 118-107 victory. His four 3-pointers and 21 points in the 2012 Final helped Spain keep it close before a 107-100 USA triumph. These silvers are among the most prized medals of Spain in international basketball.

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