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The 2008 USA men’s basketball team would be the subject of a Netflix documentary.
Netflix dropped a trailer for Redeem Team, made by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, concerning the “untold story” of the squad that brought U.S. men’s basketball to the very best of the mountain at the Beijing Olympics.
After winning gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics, Team USA men’s basketball underwent a transition phase that resulted in some difficult results on the court.
The 2002 squad that competed at the FIBA World Championships became the first one to reduce within an international tournament with NBA players on the roster. They lost a complete of three games, including an 81-78 defeat to Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals.
Things did improve for the U.S. in 2003 at the Tournament of the Americas because of the participation of several NBA superstars at the peak of these careers, including Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
That group cruised to victory with 10 wins by typically 24.6 points per game to clinch a berth in the 2004 Olympics. The Athens games saw several players from the 2003 team not participate, notably McGrady, Kidd, Carter, Jermaine O’Neal and Elton Brand.
James, Wade and Carmelo Anthony participated, but all three hadn’t yet established themselves as go-to superstars after just one single season in the NBA. America went 3-2 in group play and lost to Argentina in the semifinal, settling for a bronze medal.
It marked the 1st time since 1988 that Team USA didn’t win gold at the Olympics. Their 5-3 record in the tournament was their worst in the annals of the function.
Four years later, led by way of a more capable James, Wade, Anthony and captained by Kobe Bryant, the U.S. steamrolled its competition on the way to a gold medal in Beijing. The squad went 8-0 with a +223 point differential.
The documentary concerning the Redeem Team drops Oct. 7 on Netflix.