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Great Olympic Moments: Michael Jordan - Los Angeles - 1984

Magazine article Ebony

Great Olympic Moments: Michael Jordan - Los Angeles - 1984

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IT was a pickup team of amateurs taking on the world's best "professional" teams. And when the motley band of college stars took the floor for the first round of the men's basketball competition in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, some sports analysts said it was over before it was over.

But the team, led by "unknown" University of North Carolina senior Michael Jordan, silenced the critics by out-jumping, out-hustling and out-shooting all comers.

In a preliminary round against Uruguay, Jordan flew through the air for three slam dunks and hit a 28-foot, buzzer-beating jumper to give the Americans the lead at the half. He finished the game with 24 points, the highest individual score for any U.S. player, giving the Americans the win.

It was clear from the moment the U.S. men's team took the court in the final round against Spain that it was a force. The American all-stars opened up a huge lead over Spain, which committed 11 turnovers in the first half. …

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