With all of us in the mood for documentaries revisiting past basketball teams, former NBA star Dwyane Wade revealed he's producing a documentary about the 2008 Team USA Men's Basketball team, known as the “Redeem Team.”
“We’re doing a documentary on the 2008 Redeem Team… It’s something that we’ve been working on for the last year or so,” the three-time champion said on The Platform podcast.
“For me, that was a big year, 2008. I had to kind of redeem myself, because everybody thought I was done. But that was an amazing time, man, and that team, man? Oh my god.”
Wade also reflected on being in Beijing with Kobe Bryant, who believably utilized his linguistic skills to both smack talk his opponents and interact with NBA and international basketball fans.
“We get into competition, he’s talking to other players in their language and we don’t know what he saying,” the former NBA and Miami Heat star recalled.
“And just even being around him, we’d go around in the athlete village … You see the Jordan doc and how everybody ran up on Jordan when he went out to Paris?… That’s how it was in China for Kobe…he’d be able to talk to everybody in their own languages.
“You got some of the best players in the world on this team but it was Kobe. It was all about Kobe.”
After Team USA's bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Games, the '08 squad—led by Bryant and NBA superstar LeBron James—reclaimed America's perch atop the basketball world with an exhilarating gold medal run, capped off by a thrilling victory over Spain in the gold medal game.