LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are teaming for basketball up yet again. This time, the championship duo will produce a documentary on the 2008 U.S. men’s basketball team known as the “Redeem Team.”
As executive producers, James and Wade will feature rare, behind-the-scenes footage with interviews from players and coaches about the team’s redemptive 2008 Olympic gold medal journey in the Beijing Games. Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski was the head coach, and Kobe Bryant was captain of the team, which included Chris Bosh, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Carlos Boozer along with James and Wade.
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The team’s nickname was a reference to the fact that the United States only won a bronze medal during the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championship after winning gold in three previous Summer Olympic Games. This 2008 team especially set out to redeem the legacy of Michael Jordan‘s 1992 legendary “Dream Team,” and they did so by defeating Spain 118–107 in the final to win the gold medal. Wade was the leading scorer with 27 points and averaged 16 points per game.
“In 2008, I played with heroes of mine, all stars, friends and future teammates,” Wade said in a statement. “Outside of winning and showing the world that we were still the most dominant, our other big challenge was changing the perception of what everyone thought about the NBA and USA Basketball! I’m excited for everyone to get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see all the work that went into this iconic team — The Redeem Team!”
“The Redeem Team” is directed by Jon Weinbach, who also produced Netflix’s documentary series on Michael Jordan’s career and final season (1997-98) with the Chicago Bulls, “The Last Dance.” It will debut Oct. 7 on Netflix.