Consecutive "World" Championships

Consecutive "World" Championships

Postby tzovas » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:24 pm

Lamar Odom said recently:

"The thought of being a world champion twice in one year is cool, you know? I could brag to Kobe [Bryant] and tell him this is something he doesn't got."

( http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_d ... &success=1 )


If Team USA wins the 2010 World Championship, will Odom be the 1st player ever to win an NBA and then World Championship in the same year?
I think so but am I forgetting someone?

Jordan and Pippen won the NBA and Olympic titles in 1992 (Pippen again in 1996). Anyone else?
How about any college players who won an international title and then an NBA title as Rookies?
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Postby Robert Bradley » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:34 am

depends how you define "a year" Bill Russell comes to mid in that he won the Olympic gold in December, 1956 and then reported to the reported to the Celtics team which won the 1956-57 NBA championship.
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Postby tzovas » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:05 am

Let's define the lists like this:


1. Consecutive NBA and Olympic titles:
Jordan (1992), Pippen (1992, 1996)

2. Consecutive NBA and World titles:
- (Odom is a candidate)


Pre-1992, the only thing that could come close to consecutive titles was:


3. Olympic title, then NBA title as a Rookie:
Russel (1956/1957)

4. World title, then NBA title as a Rookie:
?
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Postby meej » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:52 pm

Kobe Bryant won the Olympic gold in summer 08, and then won the NBA championship in 2008-09.
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Postby tzovas » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:12 pm

The same thing happened with Pippen too: Olympic gold in 1996, NBA ring in 1997.

But that's not really the "same year". We add such cases that occurred before 1992 because there was no other way to approach this feat at the time.

After 1992, it has to be the same year 'cause it is theoretically possible.
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Postby tzovas » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:19 pm

History was written afterall, Lamar Odom (15 points and 11 rebounds in the Final) helped Team USA win the gold and he became the sole member of this "double-honor" list.

So here's how the lists look now:

Consecutive NBA and Olympic titles:
1. Pippen: 2 (1992, 1996)
2. Jordan: 1 (1992)

Consecutive NBA and World titles:
1. Odom: 1 (2010)


Let's see if this will change in 2012.
(Btw, if there's a lockout then there won't be an NBA champion so we'll wait until 2014).
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Re: Consecutive "World" Championships

Postby tzovas » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:00 am

A belated update of the short list, since LeBron won both honors last summer:

Consecutive NBA and Olympic titles:
1. Pippen: 2 (1992, 1996)
2. Jordan: 1 (1992)
3. James: 1 (2012)

Consecutive NBA and World titles:
1. Odom: 1 (2010)
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