Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Franklin L. Forbes Arena, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Format: Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.
|Silver:||Serbia and Montenegro|
The United States again entered a team of NBA stars, with several players returning from the Dream Team â notably [Charles Barkley], [David Robinson], [Karl Malone], and [John Stockton]. The team was dubbed by the media as "Dream Team II" but it was a lesser version of the 1992 leviathan, and in addition, the rest of the world was now beginning to catch up to the United States in basketball â even to the professional version.
After the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the former European powers were now slightly different. Though Russia had a good team, it did not qualify in 1996, and the best team among the former Soviet republics belonged to Lithuania, led by NBA stars [Å arÅ«nas MarÄiulionis] and [Arvydas Sabonis]. Yugoslavia contributed two top contenders in Croatia and the re-formed Yugoslavia, now represented by Serbia & Montenegro, with all of the players coming from Serbia.
But in Atlanta, the United States won fairly comfortably. They dominated Group A, and won the quarter-finals against Brazil, 98-75; the semi-finals against Australia, 101-73; and the final against Yugoslavia, 95-69.