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50 years later, the "Original Dream Team," 1960 Olympic gold
medalists co-captained by Oscar Robertson and Jerry West,
takes its place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
50 years later, the

At the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony: Top row, from left: Terry Dischinger, Bob Boozer, Burdette Haldorson, Darrall Imhoff, Jerry Lucas, Walt Bellamy. Front row: Warren Womble, Allen Kelley, Adrian Smith, Jay Arnette, Oscar Robertson. At podium: Jerry West. At right: presenters Billy Cunningham and Wayne Embry. (Photo courtesy of NBA Entertainment / Getty Images.)

Left photo: Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, co-captains of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, with the captains of the Russian and Brazilian teams (bronze and silver winners respectively) at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Right photo, top row, from left: Darrall Imhoff (University of California), Jerry Lucas (Ohio State University), Walt Bellamy (Indiana University), Burdette Haldorson (University of Colorado, AAU Phillips 76ers), Bob Boozer (Kansas State, AAU Peoria Caterpillars), Terry Dischinger (Purdue University), Oscar Robertson (University of Cincinnati). First row, from left: Les Lane (Oklahoma University, AAU Wichita Vickers), Allen Kelley (Kansas University, AAU Peoria Caterpillars), Adrian Smith (University of Kentucky, Armed Forces All-Stars), Jay Arnette (University of Texas), Jerry West (West Virgina University), trainer Dean Nesmith (Kansas University). Kneeling, from left, assistant coach Warren Womble (Southeastern Oklahoma University, Peoria Caterpillars), manager Dutch Lonborg (Kansas University), head coach Pete Newell (University of California). Lane, Lonborg, Nesmith and Newell are now deceased.

Arnette, Bellamy, Boozer, Dischinger, Imhoff, Lucas, Robertson, Smith and West went on to play in the NBA (Arnette, Boozer, Lucas, Robertson and Smith all with the Cincinnati Royals in 1964), and Coach Pete Newell went on to become an NBA general manager. Robertson, Bellamy, Dischinger and Lucas were NBA Rookies of the Year consecutively in 1961-64. Four players -Bellamy, Lucas, West and Robertson -- are in the Hall of Fame as individuals, as is Coach Pete Newell and manager Dutch Lonborg.

Media Coverage

1960 US Olympic Men's Basketball Team (Hall of Fame program article)

Collegians were the Olympic basketball show in 1960 (NY Times)

Robertson: 1960 Team USA set gold standard (ESPN)

All-amateur 1960 U.S. Olympic team joins basketball's elite (Sports Illustrated)

A Dream Team before the Dream Team (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Rome 1960: When the Olympics went modern (AP/USA Today)

As Dream Teams went, the 1960 Olympians were ahead of their time (Springfield Republican)

Team USA Basketball remembered in Springfield (WBUR)

Bob Boozer put his NBA dreams on hold to play for a dream team (Los Angeles Times)

UK's Adrian Smith enters the Hall having lived the dream (Lexington Herald Leader)

A sea of blue: Kentucky Basketball in the Olympics

Also recommended:
"The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game" by Oscar Robertson
"A Good Man" (Pete Newell's biography) by Bruce Jenkins
"West by West" by Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman
"Rome 1960: The Olympics that changed the world" by David Maraniss

Remembering Muhammad Ali

The 1960 U.S. delegation to the Olympics in Rome was one of the greatest collections of athletes ever assembled, including a young boxer named Cassius Clay, just 18 years old and then fighting as a light heavyweight. In their final days as amateurs, before each went on to rise to the top of his profession, he and Oscar Robertson struck up a friendship. When Muhammad Ali passed away in June 2016, this is how he was remembered by The Big O:

"There was no one like him in the world."

"The greatest athlete ambassador for America."

Interview with ESPN Radio

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