In 1992, NBA players were allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics for the first time. Since then, several New York Knicks have contributed to the success of USA Basketball. Here are the five greatest Olympians from the Knicks.
5. Mike D'Antoni, Assistant Coach (2008)
My choice for the fifth spot was between a player and a coach. Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury did participate in the 2004 Summer Olympics. But he was part of the only team of NBA players not to win a gold medal. However, Coach D'Antoni did win Olympic gold in 2008 as an assistant coach for the Redeem Team. D'Antoni is currently an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics.
4. Tyson Chandler, Center (2012)
Chandler is currently seeking his first gold medal. He brings much-needed size, leadership and defensive intensity to Team USA. Chandler was also an alternate on the 2008 team as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats.
3. Carmelo Anthony, Forward (2012)
Anthony was also a member of the 2004 team that failed to win gold. But he returned in 2008 to win it back. Now Anthony is searching for his second gold medal, this time as a Knicks player.
2. Allan Houston, Shooting Guard (2000)
Houston won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He shot 60% (12 out of 20) from three-point range. This was yet another accomplishment for one of the all-time greatest Knicks performers.
1. Patrick Ewing, Center (1992)
Ewing is one of the greatest Knicks players of all-time. He is also one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Ewing won his first gold medal in 1984 as a student at Georgetown. In 1992, he won his second gold medal as a member of the original Dream Team. Ewing is the greatest Knicks player to ever compete at the Summer Olympics.
These are the five greatest Knicks players to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics. Knicks fans are hoping that Anthony and Chandler can bring two more gold medals back to New York. Judging by the games played so far, they are well on their way to doing that.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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