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2004 USA Dream Team: Where Are They Now?

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2004 USA Dream Team: Where Are They Now?

The 2004 U.S. Men’s Olympic team was the least successful Olympic basketball team the country has ever fielded. They lost 3 games during the Olympic competition, the most ever by a United States basketball team in Olympic competition. Headed by Coach Larry Brown, the team featured talents such as Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, and a very young LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade. The team featured just 2 All-Star and 1 All-NBA Team selection. Things looked bleak from the start as the U.S suffered their worst loss in Olympic history right out of the gates vs. Lithuania. They would get their revenge in the bronze medal game.

Not only did the U.S team lose the most games they ever had, but they shot the ball from three-point range, their absolute worst as well. They ranked 11 out of 12 teams in three-point efficiency and dead last in three-pointers made per game. There are just 2 players still active in the NBA from the 2004 team, while 2 players have already been inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Many of these players have silently walked off into the sunset after their careers were over, while others have stayed relevant through other endeavors.

This is where the players from the 2004 U.S. Men’s Basketball Olympic Team are at now:

Emeka Okafor - Playing Overseas

Emeka Okafor

2004 Olympic Stats: 0.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Emeka Okafor saw just 14 minutes of action in the 2004 Olympics. He was stuck on the bench behind some great NBA talent. He was straight out of college, and it seemed like he was named to the team just to have an international experience rather than for his skill. The experience must have paid off because Okafor was named Rookie of the Year for his efforts in 2004-05. Okafor would go on to be a 14.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG player in his 5 seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats.

By 2013, Okafor would be out of the NBA after injuries derailed his progress. He would remain unsigned until the 2018 season, when he would sign a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. After he appeared in 26 games for the Pelicans, Okafor would again find himself looking for a job. He would sign with the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus in the Korean Basketball league for 2019 and 2020. Okafor is also a family man with two children with his wife, Ilana Nunn. He has made a few television cameos, with his most recent appearance being on “Power Book II: Ghost”.

Carmelo Anthony - NBA Free Agent

Carmelo Anthony

2004 Olympic Stats: 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Carmelo Anthony was just coming off of one of the best freshmen seasons in NCAA history when he joined the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in Athens, Greece. Melo saw limited action in his 1st Olympic competition, something that would change by the time the next Olympics came around. Carmelo holds the U.S. record for most points in a game, 37 vs. Nigeria in 201. He is also 2nd all-time in points in Olympic competitions for the U.S. He held the record until Kevin Durant surpassed him this past summer.

Anthony is coming off of a season that saw him finally team up with longtime peer and rival, LeBron James. Carmelo appeared in 69 games off of the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers averaging 13.3 PPG and 4.2 RPG. He shot 44.1% overall and 37.5% from three. Now, Anthony remains a free agent as the wild and crazy summer offseason of 2022 continues. Anthony hopes to be signed to a contender so that he can contribute in some capacity to a championship team. Where he lands is a mystery and remains to be seen.

Amar’e Stoudemire - Business Owner and Philanthropist

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2004 Olympic Stats: 2.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Amar’e Stoudemire was one of the most explosive and exciting players to watch in the NBA of the 2000s. After completing just his 2nd year of NBA action, Stoudemire was selected to the Olympic team where he was just 6.8 MPG of action. Stoudemire electrified the NBA during his playing days with his high-octane intensity and indescribable power when finishing at the rim. In his NBA career, Stoudemire was a 6x All-Star and 5x All-NBA selection with both the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks most notably.

Stoudemire has been busy off the court even dating back to his playing days. Back in 2008, he received awards for his efforts to fund clean drinking water in the area of Sierra Leone. In 2011, he launched a clothing line that appeared in some outlet stores and Macy’s around the New York Metropolitan area. In 2018, he founded a wine company named Stoudemire Cellars, launching three wines that were all produced in Israel in the region of Kfar Tikvah. Speaking of Israel, Stoudemire joined the Israeli Basketball Premier league in 2017. He would win the league’s MVP award in 2020 winning championships in 2017 and 2020 as well. In 2020, Stoudemire accepted a job as a coaching assistant with the Brooklyn Nets. He will be returning to the Brooklyn sidelines again for the 2022-23 season.

LeBron James - Current NBA Player

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2004 Olympic Stats: 5.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Oh man, to go back to 2004 with the knowledge we have about LeBron James. I don’t think even he would believe it. Back in the 2004 Olympics, James was just an 18-year-old kid drafted 1st overall straight out of high school. What proceeded was one of the greatest careers in NBA history. After the Olympics meltdown in 2004, James went on to win the Rookie of the Year award with the weight of the world’s expectations on his back.

18 years later and still with the weight of the world on his back, LeBron is still among the elite in the NBA. It truly is remarkable how well LeBron has played consistently since 2004. In the 2021-22 season, at 37 years old, LeBron averaged 30.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 6.2 APG. He has established himself as a Top 2 player to ever play the game with 4 championships, 4 Finals MVPs, countless individual accolades, and as one of the greatest floor-raisers ever. As we approach 2022-23, LeBron has his eyes set on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the NBA’s all-time scoring record. Barring a major setback, James should achieve the feat this upcoming season.

Richard Jefferson - Analyst

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2004 Olympic Stats: 6.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG

At the time Richard Jefferson was selected for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, he was a budding third-year player with the New Jersey Nets. He was coming off of back-to-back Finals runs with the Nets in 2002 and 2003. In the 200-04 season leading up to the Olympics, Richardson averaged 18.5 PPG and 5.7 RPG as a full-time starter for New Jersey. The season following the Olympics; he averaged 22.2 PPG and 7.3 RPG in an injury-riddled season that saw him play just 33 games.

Richard Jefferson can be found these days on almost any ESPN broadcast that involves the NBA. He joined the company in 2019 as an analyst and has become one of the most personable people in their programs. He is a regular on such shows as First Take, Get Up, NBA Today, and Hoop Streams. Jefferson can also be found as a regular in the rotation for broadcasting live games in both the regular season and playoffs. Not for nothing, but Richard Jefferson also has one of the funniest/most informative TikTok accounts in the business. He uses it to interact with fans and educate people on the game from a player’s perspective while keeping us all wildly entertained.

Dwyane Wade - Businessman And Team Owner

Dwyane Wade

2004 Olympic Stats: 7.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Dwyane Wade had just completed his rookie season when he was selected to be a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Much like all of the young guys who accompanied this team to Athens, many knew he was going to be a special ball player, and he was. His rookie season saw him average 16.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, and 4.5 APG. Following the Olympics, Wade averaged 24.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 6.8 APG and earned his first of 12 All-Star bids in his career.

Wade has been busy since retiring from the game following the 2019 season. He has become a minority owner of the Utah Jazz and can often be found courtside at their games, especially in the playoffs. He has also co-founded a zero-calorie adult beverage with Budweiser called Budweiser Zero while also working with them on an NFT collection that debuted in May 2022. He has multiple investments in various media companies and other business ventures as well.

Carlos Boozer - Analyst And Podcast Host

Carlos Boozer

2004 Olympic Stats: 7.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Carlos Boozer was a second-year player for the Cleveland Cavaliers when he got the call to be selected for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. He had just left the Cavaliers for the Utah Jazz in free agency this very summer. Boozer had averaged 15.5 PPG and 11.4 RPG in his second season as he was developing into a consistent All-Star. He ended up playing 6 seasons with the Jazz and became a 2x All-Star and a 20.0 PPG scorer at his peak.

When Boozer left Duke University for the NBA, he finished a couple of credits shy of graduating officially. In 2020, Boozer completed those credits and earned his college degree. He has appeared multiple times as a guest analyst for both ESPN and TNT in pre and post-game roles. Aside from those roles, Boozer also hosts a podcast entitled “HOLDAT” with a friend and former teammate, Nate Robinson. He still serves in the part-time role as an ESPN analyst to this day.

Lamar Odom - Boxer

Lamar Odom

2004 Olympic Stats: 9.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Lamar Odom was already an established threat in the league when he was selected for the 2004 U.S Olympic Team. Odom was coming off of a season with the Miami Heat that saw him average a career-high 17.1 PPG and 9.7 RPG. He, along with others, would be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer blockbuster that saw Shaq land in Miami. Odom would go on to win two championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

These days, Odom has taken up a new physical activity to occupy his time. Odom signed a deal with Celebrity Boxing in late 2021. First, Odom took on former pop star Aaron Carter in his debut match and won convincingly by way of knockout. He then took on Ojani Noa, who is musician Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband. Odom won that fight by decision to move his record to 2-0. He is set to take on "Fake Drake", who has gone viral in recent months for impersonating the famous rapper. Odom’s deal was for multiple fights and no one knows exactly how many are on the schedule for the future. If Lamar’s fighting, chances are we will be tuning in.

Shawn Marion - Businessman And Team Owner

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2004 Olympic Stats: 9.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Shawn Marion had already established himself as an All-Star with the Phoenix Suns by the time the summer of 2004 came around. Much more than a funky jump shot form, Marion was a great rebounder, defender, and scorer for one of the best teams during the 2000s. With the Phoenix Suns, Marion became a 4x All-Star and a 2x All-NBA Team selection. The Suns were a perennial playoff team who had some legitimate chances at championships while Marion was in their lineup.

Since his retirement in 2015, Marion has used his $60 million in net worth wisely. He has invested in a wine fund and company with his former boss, Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, while also becoming a directory on the board of the NBA’s Retired Players Association. He was nearly a part owner of the MLS soccer team DC United, but the deal fell through at the last minute. In 2018, Marion was approached by a friend to invest in buying a National Basketball League team in Australia. Marion did and has become part owner of the New Zealand Breakers, where he runs a program aimed to help a player who has no interest in the G-League or college. Some notable players who were a part of the NBL are R.J Hampton and LaMelo Ball.

Stephon Marbury - Legendary Chinese Basketball Player And Coach

Stephon Marbury

2004 Olympic Stats: 10.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG

At the end of the 2003-04 season headed into the Olympics, Marbury had just finished his first half season with the New York Knicks. The All-Star point guard showed that he still had all the talent in the world, averaging 20.2 PPG and 8.1 APG for the season. He played exceptionally well on the national stage as the team’s 3rd leading scorer and leading assist man. The only thing that stood in the way was Marbury himself.

After struggling with mental health issues due to the sudden loss of his father and the end of a rollercoaster NBA career, Marbury found his redemption in the country of China. Marbury moved to Beijing, where he would become the greatest foreign player to ever play in the CBL. Marbury played with the Beijing Ducks from 2011 to 2017 and won a couple of championships while becoming a cultural icon. His efforts even caused statues and museums to be built in his honor. After he retired from the game, Marbury tried his hand at coaching in 2020. He now calls China his permanent home and has been a big part of China's efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tim Duncan - Coach And Kickboxer

Tim Duncan

2004 Olympic Stats: 11.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.4 BPG

Tim Duncan was already a 2x MVP and 2x NBA Champion by the time he participated in the 2004 Olympics. Duncan and the Spurs had just won their 2nd title in 2003 as Duncan was entering the prime of his career. When his career was all said and done, Duncan was and still is known as the greatest power forward to ever play the game. He became a 5-time NBA Champion and an easy first-ballot Hall of Famer.

For the first couple of years after retirement, Duncan joined longtime Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich on the bench as an assistant. Not too long after that, he realized that wasn't exactly the path he wanted to travel, although he hadn't completely ruled it out. Now, no one knows for sure if Duncan is going to pursue a career in kickboxing, but after a few videos went viral in 2020 and 2021. The videos of him working made fans' imaginations run wild with the possibilities. Tim Duncan was a quiet and private man his entire career, and his retirement has been no different.

Allen Iverson - Businessman

Allen Iverson

2004 Olympic Stats: 13.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.1 BPG

In 2004, Allen Iverson was already at the height of his celebrity status. His skills on the court were awe-inspiring and made for must-watch television every single night. He was a consistent 25.0 PPG scorer or better, and an underrated player defensively. His swag and big personality, coupled with his highlight reel play, made Iverson one of the most iconic and polarizing players in NBA history. His efficiency shooting the ball was always a talking point for doubters, but honestly, who cares if you're willing your team to win like Iverson was?

After retirement, Iverson signed a short-term deal with a pro team in Turkey for 2 years. The deal only lasted half a season as Iverson was injured almost right away. Money troubles and personal issues arose fairly quickly as well, causing Iverson to move differently and clean up his act, which he eventually did. Iverson signed a deal with Reebok during his playing days that will pay him $32 million in the year 2030. In 2021, he teamed up with a longtime friend and former NBA Player Al Harrington to open a cannabis company called Viola Brands. Iverson still makes appearances throughout NBA, the season courtside at many games whether in his former home Philadelphia or elsewhere.


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