Ernie Grunfeld reflects on his Olympic run
Thu, 19 Jul 2012|
CSN Washington dot com. Can you take me back to the year in 1976. And what that your meant for you. News. Great you're giving up to represent your country for me especially since I was not born in this country. And I beat the American here at age nine and became the United States citizen I was only twenty years old when when it's over time the trial. We had about 75 players trying -- enough clothes were not eligible and so it was all college players and I was fortunate enough to make it. Now the young guys but I had to do my homework you what you're talking about how. Adrian Bailey to DC let us Walter Davis -- force yourself. Phil Hubbard and Mitch Kupchak -- Scott made just to name a few. Can you describe. What it was like to view on that team and what that experience for those -- The legendary coach Steve Smith was -- -- coach John Thompson. From Georgetown was it's a system alone bill Guthridge and North Carolina. We -- real good chemistry and the team really was on a mission. Because in 1972. We have lost Bayern Munich we lost the Russians. Cold War was still going on at that time of the first time United States that a loss. In international basketball games and we want to get that goal back for our country. What was that conversation like -- -- Montreal going back to what happened since -- He did that what people there center is like our -- -- basket. It's not something we talked about every single day that we've got to bring golf back home but it was talked about it and we were on a mission what we really want to play the Russians. That was our goal would want to play the Russians he never got a chance to play them because in the semifinals. Yugoslavia beat them. So we got to put Yugoslavia in the final game but. We would Psycho but that game we beat them about 1516 there it's -- really good players on that team all the players because there and have the same rules. As we heard here about nobody is gonna deny us in that situation to stand up there and here's national -- that life. Well it was just euphoric feeling and I remember. -- Davis was standing next you know believe in and did. The other world champions. You know you can't say that too often. Especially on the circumstances. And is for the state the biggest thrill of my basketball life. CSN Washington dot com.