It was 12 years ago, when Argentina defeated the USA 89-81, and that was their last lost at the Olympic games.
Manu Ginobili scored 29 points, Nocioni had 13 points, Montecchia scored 12 against the USA.
On the other side, Marbury had 18, Lamar Odom 14, and Iverson and Tim Duncan both scored 10 points, but that wasn't enough against Argentina.
For the first time since 1988, the USA didn't win the gold medal.
NBA commissioner David Stern attended the third loss of the Athens Games for the Americans, who entered the tournament with a
109-2 Olympic record.
We fought as hard as we could. We couldn't get it done for whatever reason. They were a better team than us," Allen Iverson said.
"In 1992, the USA had the best players ever. Here they are
great players, too, but they are young and they never played
internationally, so with different rules it's a whole different
thing," said Ginobili, who also plays for the San Antonio Spurs.
"The rest of the world is getting better and the States isn't
bringing their best players."
Argentina shot 54 percent overall and 11-for-22 from 3-point
range, while the Americans finished just 32-for-77 (42 percent) and
3-for-11 on 3s. After scoring 31 points against Spain, Stephon Marbury led the U.S. team with 18, and Duncan had just 10 while
being limited to 19½ minutes.
"You can't just show up at a basketball game and feel that
because you have USA across your chest you're going to win the
game," Iverson said. "It means a lot to other teams out here to
get a medal as well."
After that, they won 2008 and 2012, but with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.