Ernie Grunfeld (USA) – 1976 Olympics
Maybe best known today as the general manager of the Washington Wizards, and formerly the GM of the Bucks, Ernie Grunfeld was also quite the player in his day.
Although he was born in Romania, Grunfeld moved to America at a young age and ultimately became a naturalized citizen and a member of the US basketball team. Grunfeld made his Olympic bow in Montreal in 1976 as a part of a US team that also included two other players who would play for Milwaukee during their career, as well as Mitch Kupchak, currently the Lakers GM.
For the tournament, Grunfeld played a minor role en route to a gold medal for USA, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 assists per game. His best showing came against Italy with eight points and two assists.
Having been drafted by the Bucks as an 11th overall pick in 1977, Grunfeld went on to play in the NBA for nine seasons taking in stops with the Kansas City Kings and New York Knicks along the way.
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