Over the years, there have been numerous sports documentaries that have enamored sports fans. It has provided a chance for an inside look at events and memorable moments in history that can’t be shared solely through an outside lens. With that in mind, former Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade has dropped some exciting news regarding the development of a documentary on the 2008 United State’s Men’s basketball team dubbed the “Redeem Team.”
2008 USA “Redeem Team”
The United States Men’s basketball team has largely dominated the international ranks, but it has always been like that over the last couple of decades.
That saw them fall short at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece earning only the bronze medal in the event. They also garnered another bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA Cup in Japan. It shifted scope for the player pool in the months ahead of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
That saw the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Chris Bosh participate. The team took on the mantra as being the “Redeem Team” to get USA back on the mountaintop.
The United States entered the Olympics ranked No. 2 behind Argentina, which they dominated pool play then cruised to the Gold Medal game to face Spain. It was a hard-fought contest, but they prevailed to a double-digit win behind an impressive outing from Wade with a game-best 27 points, and Bryant had numerous critical shots along the way.
With that in mind, the former Heat star has made an exciting announcement regarding that legendary team.
Dwyane Wade says Redeem Team documentary in the works
Over the last several years, there have been several prominent sports documentaries that have given insight to many historical events and memorable moments.
That has seen ESPN’s “The Last Dance” series that follows Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls that much more intriguing. The former Heat star guard has added another one to the mix as recently voiced during an interview on The Platform podcast that he’s helping produce a documentary on the 2008 Team USA “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.”
That was a star-studded team that had many players still in the prime of their careers with Bryant, Wade, James, Bosh, and Anthony, among others. A behind-the-scenes look at their dealings with each other at the event would be quite fascinating to watch.
It could, even more, be the case since the passing of Bryant as there a few incredible stories to leak out about his time with Team USA. Wade knows he is sitting on a potential gold mine, especially with documentaries such as the “Dream Team” and “The Last Dance,” both earning strong viewership.
If handled correctly, it has the chance to fall in line with those impressive series.
Another Chance to Remember Kobe Bryant
Beyond the incredible stories that could be told in the Redeem Team documentary, it’s also another chance to highlight the former Los Angeles Lakers star’s career.
His tragic passing back in January is still one that many have found it hard to come to terms with over the last few months. Bryant was the cornerstone piece of the 2008 USA team as he was still arguably the best player in the league.
It came right after the Lakers had fallen short in the 2008 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics despite winning his only MVP award. Bryant was beyond motivated to get back to that mountaintop, and his participation in the Olympics that year was special.
The documentary is much more than just the future Hall of Famer, but it’s another reason to be excited about it.