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Spencer Haywood

Full name: Spencer Haywood
Gender: Male
Height: 6-7.5 (203 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: April 22, 1949 in Silver City, Mississippi, United States
Affiliations: University of Detroit, Detroit (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The 1968 Olympic basketball team was not expected to be one of the greatest teams we have ever sent to the Olympics and many people thought the 1968 team might be the first ever to lose the gold medal. But the experts had not heard of Spencer Haywood, who was then an unknown freshman at the University of Detroit. Haywood was a 6-8 (2.03) player who could play either the post or power forward. In the Olympics he completely dominated the big men from other countries to lead the U.S. to another gold medal. After the Olympics, Haywood returned to school for only one year. He joined the Denver Rockets of the ABA in 1969 and began an outstanding professional career. In his first year he was the Rookie of the Year, the Most Valuable Player and made first-team All-ABA. He then jumped leagues to join the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics and took up where he left off by becoming one of the great forwards in the NBA. He made first-team All-NBA three straight years, and then was named to the second-team for the two years after that. In 1975 he was traded to the New York Knicks, where he played for four seasons. He finished his NBA career in 1984, after stops in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and with the Washington Bullets. Haywood was briefly married to Somalian supermodel Iman, who later married the famous musician David Bowie.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1968-10-23 USA 65, YUG 50 21
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1968-10-22 USA 75, BRA 63 12
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #1 1 1968-10-13 USA 81, ESP 46 12
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #5 1 1968-10-14 USA 93, SEN 36 16
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #11 1 1968-10-15 USA 96, PHI 75 6
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #16 1 1968-10-16 USA 73, YUG 58 6
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #17 1 1968-10-18 USA 95, PAN 60 25
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #24 1 1968-10-19 USA 100, ITA 61 26
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Basketball United States USA Group A Match #28 1 1968-10-20 USA 61, PUR 56 21
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