Who was The Redeem Team?
Only eight years after arguably one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled, the 1996 United States men’s Olympic basketball team aka the “Dream Team III,” the United States men’s basketball team took bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, one of its most embarrassing Olympic finishes ever.
After winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals, the United States men’s basketball team was expected to repeat. However, after poor performances and three losses to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and eventual gold medalist Argentina, the US team was only able to claim the bronze medal.
Winning an Olympic bronze medal is still an incredible accomplishment, but it was incredibly underwhelming for the United States, given that each time a USA team is assembled for the Olympic games, it can be considered an “All-Star” team.
Four years later, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the United States men’s basketball team returned with a vengeance. The roster, dubbed the ‘Redeem Team,’ was on a mission to reclaim the gold medal and restore the United States’ dominance of the sport in front of the entire world.
Redeem Team Premiere date
The trailer confirms that The Redeem Team will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, October 7th, 2022.
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“Redeem Team” is the basketball story that people wanted to see.
Fans of Team USA will recall their outrage and frustration following their Olympic failure in 2004 and subsequent debacle in the 2006 FIBA World Cup. Indeed, it was the desire for redemption and vengeance that led to the formation of the United States Men’s Olympic basketball team in 2008.
A team with everything on the line and everything to prove. Netflix’s documentary attempts to tell the untold story of what happened after that heartbreaking loss in 2004, as well as how the players dealt with doubts about whether the NBA truly possessed the best basketball players in the world.
The show then examines how, once again, the Americans were defeated in 2006, sparking the move toward creating a team that simply could not lose.
What was the next step for Team USA?
The first step, of course, was to put together the team, but as any sports fan knows, winning is never easy on paper. Having said that, Team USA got off to a fast and solid start in the Olympics, winning five straight games in the preliminary round.
Australia was up next, and they were talented and tricky, but the Americans ultimately won. Following that, the US asserted its dominance with a twenty-point victory over Argentina just two days later. As a result of that victory, they were guaranteed a spot in the Gold Medal game against Spain.
In the end, American blushes were spared when Team USA defeated Spain by a score of 118-107 after a closely contested game. It wasn’t just a medal, but a moment in which Kobe and company restored the United States to where they once were and have remained ever since: at the top of the global basketball game.
Redeem Team Trailer
Why was it called the Redeem Team?
The team was nicknamed the “Redeem Team,” a play on the 1992 “Dream Team” and a reference to the United States’ disappointing Bronze Medal finish at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.
Did the Redeem Team win?
“The Redeem Team” will premiere on Netflix on October 7. The Redeem Team, based on the 2008 USA Olympic men’s basketball team, won the Gold Medal after the USA finished second in the 2004 Olympics.
When was the Redeem Team?
Hollywood’s A-list was out Thursday (22 September). 2008 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team members walked the red carpet at the Tudum Theater for the premiere of ‘The Redeem Team,’ a Netflix documentary about the squad.