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In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the American men’s basketball team only won the bronze medal. Will the American team repeat the mistakes in Tokyo in 2021?

In the opening game of the men’s basketball team of the Tokyo Olympic Games yesterday, the American men’s basketball team lost to the French men’s basketball team 76-83, which was their first defeat in the Olympic Games since 2004 – in Athens that year, the American men’s basketball team lost to the final gold medal winning Argentina in the semi-finals. The situation at that time was very similar to that at present. The American team seemed confused in the Olympic warm-up, The opener lost 19 points to Puerto Rico.

Then old coach k took the lead, and the American men’s basketball team started the journey of redeeming their dreams. They won three gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Now, the winning streak is broken. Will the American men’s basketball team lose the Olympic gold medal again? Then we analyze and compare.

The world championships kicked off

Although 2004 was the first time that the American men’s basketball team with NBA players lost in the Olympic Games, they had not lost in the world series before. In the 2002 Indianapolis men’s basketball world championship, they lost completely at home, 6-3, lost to Yugoslavia in the quarter finals, and finally ranked sixth.

In the men’s Basketball World Cup held in China in 2019, the experience of the American men’s basketball team was very similar to that in 2002. They lost to France in the quarter finals and finally ranked seventh.

Absence of star players

After the collapse in 2002, the initial response of the American men’s basketball team was actually very good. They need to participate in the U.S. Championship a year later to compete for the qualification of the Olympic Games. They also attach great importance to it. They brought five members of the NBA All-Star team in 2002-03, plus Ray Allen and Vince Carter. The team beat Argentina 106-73 in the US Championship final. It looks like they have become the king of basketball again.

But a year later in the Olympic Games, the lineup of the American men’s basketball team suddenly became much younger. Only three players who participated in the 2003 U.S. Championship returned. Star players such as Allen, Carter and McGrady and some veterans chose to quit. They were replaced by young players such as LeBron James, Cameron Anthony and Dwayne Wade. The last American men’s basketball team, six players were no more than 22 years old.

By Ethan