1996 Olympic Basketball Team Refused To take Fourth Quarter Shots [VIDEO]
The 1996 men’s Olympic basketball team was refusing to take any late game shots according to gold medalist and NBA vet, Grant Hill. It wasn’t good sportsmanship that forced the team to pass the ball constantly in the fourth quarters, the team had no problem winning by more than 31 points per game. Rather, according to Hill, nobody wanted to be drug tested after the game as the leading scorer had to be.
No fourth quarter shots in big games – Lebron James must be itching for that in this year’s Olympics. Grant Hill recently shared the 1996 team’s secret in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show. Apparently, the leading scorer after every game had to be drug tested. Hill states it wasn’t fear of failing the tests, after all we know that his teammates were all choir boys – right, Chuck? The team did not want to be tested because of the length of the test.
Eric Freeman quotes Hill as saying on the show:
“And the reason for that is the drug testing process, you’d be there for two hours after the game. And so nobody wanted to be there and have to go through that whole process.
So if you watch those games and you watch the highlights at the end of the games, everyone is being super unselfish passing the ball. Because no one wants to shoot (laughs).”
With how strict the IOC is, I’m surprised the whole team wasn’t tested. Not sure how that would fly in this year’s games. Picture Kobe: “I’m shaving points so I don’t have to get drug tested, coach.” I bet that would go over realllllllllllllllllllllllly well.
What are your thoughts? Is the lenght of the test the real reason nobody wanted to take the drug test? Despite being up by 30 + every game, is not taking shots late in the game acce