16. 1988, Seoul
Head Coach: John Thompson
Roster: Danny Manning (F), David Robinson (C), Mitch Richmond (G), Dan Majerle (G/F), Stacey Augmon (F), Willie Anderson (G), Bimbo Coles (G), Hersey Hawkins (G), J.R. Reid (F), Charles D. Smith (F), Charles E. Smith IV (G), Jeff Grayer (G)
Margin of Victory: 30.4
Team USA was riding high from their 1984 performance, but knew their quest for gold wouldn't be complete without beating the Sovietsâ€”especially after Bob Knight's quote that the US would "beat their butt anywhere." John Thompson got the coaching nod and had the help of future pros like David Robinson, Hersey Hawkins, Mitch Richmond and National Player of the Year Danny Manning.
Other than beating Canada by a mere six points, Team USA terrorized their opponents. They beat Egypt by 67 points, Spain by 44, China by 50, and Puerto Rico by 37. That all went to hell when they finally met up with the USSR in the semis. Hersey Hawkins went down with an injury and Manning missed the first half because of foul trouble. The Soviets were up by 10 at the half and never looked back. The US lost, 82-76, and played Australia for the bronze. This would be the last time the US would send amateurs to play Olympic basketball.