2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team
The 2008 Olympics U.S. Men's Basketball Team represented the United States of America at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. They qualified for the Olympics by winning the FIBA American Championships 2007 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team was nicknamed the "Redeem Team", a play on an alternative name for the legendary 1992 squad that was called the "Dream Team", and a reference to the fact that the United States came away with a disappointing Bronze Medal during the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens, Greece. Kobe Bryant was named the team captain and Mike Krzyzewski was named the head coach of the 2008 Olympics U.S. Men's Basketball Team. LeBron James, often named the vocal leader of the team, stated in a feature with TIME magazine: "It's the gold, or it's failure." An ESPN program, Road to Redemption, followed the team's preparations.
The United States, with eleven NBA All-Stars, a Hall of Fame coach, and an NBA MVP, ultimately accomplished their goal. They defeated Spain 118-107 to accomplish their expectation of winning the tournament.
The team competed in Group B of the Preliminary Round
|United States||101 – 70||China|
|Angola||76 – 97||United States|
|United States||92 – 69||Greece|
|Spain||82 – 119||United States|
|United States||106 – 57||Germany|
|Gold medal game|
United States men's national basketball team – 2008 Summer Olympics roster
- Sean Gregory. "1. LeBron James - 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
- "2008 Olympic Basketball Men (FIBA) – United States roster". FIBA. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
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