The U.S. Olympics men's basketball team is known for being one of the strongest when it comes down to the international games, but back during the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the world and the team themselves were shocked when they came in third place. So when the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing were approaching, pressures were high, and the squad representing the USA came in looking for redemption. Last week, Netflix dropped the first official trailer for the ultimate "human story" behind the NBA players who took their team to victory in the summer games, The Redeem Team, and well, we can't wait to see it.
NBA players were first introduced to the Olympic Games back in 1992, when the Dream Team was formed, dominating the Barcelona Olympics. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and more were all a part of the team that led the team to victory back in '92, and until 2004, the men's USA basketball team was completely unstoppable. However, during the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the team lost their winning title and took home the bronze medal; and four years later, the Redeem Team came prepared to take the title back, and that's exactly what they did.
Nearly 15 years later, Netflix partnered with the International Olympic Committee to provide a behind-the-scenes documentary of what it was like putting together the Redeem Team, training for the high-stakes games, and taking home that sweet, sweet victory. The squad of '08 included some of the very best in the league, from Kobe, LeBron, and Dwayne Wade, to Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. Wade, who is attached as an executive producer to the project, reflected on the journey, "In 2008, I played with heroes of mine, all stars, friends, and future teammates. 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!"
The Redeem Team is a "story about a team, [but] it's also personal," according to director Jon Weinbach. The NBA players dedicated their blood, sweat, and tears to win back their winning title but were committed to doing it together as a team. So make sure to catch the documentary, hitting Netflix soon, on October 7.