A documentary highlighting the 2008 United States men’s Olympic basketball team is set to hit Netflix later this fall, according to Deadline. The film, titled ‘The Redeem Team‘, will tell the story of the United States’ return to international basketball glory at the Beijing Olympics after failing to a third-place finish four years earlier. Netflix has partnered with the International Olympic Committee and LeBron James’ media company, Uninterrupted.
It will be directed by Jon Weinbach, one of the producers of the documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls managed by Michael Jordan. “The Redeem Team” names James, Dwyane Wade and Maverick Carter among its executive producers.
“In 2008, I played with my heroes, stars, friends and future teammates,” Wade said, according to Deadline. “Apart from winning and showing the world that we were still the most dominant, our other big challenge was changing the perception of what everyone thought of the NBA and USA Basketball!
That 2008 team was packed with NBA talent with four years of accumulated frustration after finishing the 2004 Olympics in Athens with only a bronze medal after falling to Argentina in the semifinals. In 2008, USA returned with a new head coach in Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and an updated roster that included Jason Kidd, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant – who missed the previous Olympics as he was handling his sexual assault case.
This team did not lose a game in Athens and finished with a +223 point differential and a gold medal. Wade led the team with 16.1 points per game.
The ramifications of this Olympic run were felt throughout the NBA over the next decade. Perhaps most importantly, James found his killer instinct playing alongside Bryant and later teaming up with Olympic teammates Wade and Bosh on the Miami Heat two years later. While the players have changed over the years, USA have won the last three gold medals since Team Redeem.
“They didn’t have to be the best player for the Knicks, Cavs, Heat or whatever,” Krzyzewski said in 2018. “He was an exceptional player on an American team, and they developed friendships that they they might have had before, but they were done on a different level. That familiarity and that friendship helped the NBA. It helped basketball, and therefore, probably gave them some ideas of what they could do in the future.
Now, fans will be able to see those bonds forming on Netflix with never-before-seen footage. If it’s anything like “The Last Dance”, this should be a must see show.