2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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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. LeBron James, often named the vocal leader of the United States stated in a feature with TIME magazine: "It's the gold, or it's failure."[1]

The United States, with eleven NBA All-Stars, a Hall of Fame coach, and a NBA MVP, ultimately accomplished their goal. They defeated Spain 118-107 to accomplish their expectation of winning the tournament.

Roster[edit]

USA National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PF 4 Boozer, Carlos 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 266 lb (121 kg) Utah Jazz
PG 5 Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Dallas Mavericks
SF 6 James, LeBron 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cleveland Cavaliers
PG 7 Williams, Deron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Utah Jazz
SF 8 Redd, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Milwaukee Bucks
SG 9 Wade, Dwyane 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Miami Heat
SG 10 Bryant, Kobe (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Los Angeles Lakers
C 11 Howard, Dwight 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Orlando Magic
C 12 Bosh, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Toronto Raptors
PG 13 Paul, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) New Orleans Hornets
PF 14 Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Detroit Pistons
SF 15 Anthony, Carmelo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Denver Nuggets
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team Physician
  • Sheldon Burns
Athletic Trainer
  • Keith Jones
  • Casey Smith

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • from field describes last
    pro club before the tournament

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Gregory. "1. LeBron James - 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 

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