2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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The USA Men's Basketball Team on August 10, 2008.

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."[1] 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.

Record[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The team competed in Group B of the Preliminary Round

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 0 515 354 +161 10
 Spain 4 1 418 369 +49 9
 Greece 3 2 415 375 +40 8
 China 2 3 366 400 −34 7
 Germany 1 4 330 390 −60 6
 Angola 0 5 321 477 −156 5
2008-08-10
United States  101 – 70  China
2008-08-12
Angola  76 – 97  United States
2008-08-14
United States  92 – 69  Greece
2008-08-16
Spain  82 – 119  United States
2008-08-18
United States  106 – 57  Germany

Bracket[edit]

Tournament bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
(2008-08-20)
Semifinals
(2008-08-22)
Gold medal game
(2008-08-24)
                 
A2  Argentina 80
B3  Greece 78
A2  Argentina 81
B1  United States 101
B1  United States 116
A4  Australia 85
B1  United States 118
B2  Spain 107
B2  Spain 72
A3  Croatia 59
B2  Spain 91
A1  Lithuania 86
A1  Lithuania 94
B4  China 68


Roster[edit]

The following is the United States roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

United States men's national basketball team – 2008 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PF 4 Boozer, Carlos 26 – (1981-11-20)November 20, 1981 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Utah Jazz United States
PG 5 Kidd, Jason 35 – (1973-03-23)March 23, 1973 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Dallas Mavericks United States
SF 6 James, LeBron 23 – (1984-12-30)December 30, 1984 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Cleveland Cavaliers United States
PG 7 Williams, Deron 24 – (1984-03-24)March 24, 1984 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Utah Jazz United States
SG 8 Redd, Michael 28 – (1979-08-24)August 24, 1979 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Milwaukee Bucks United States
SG 9 Wade, Dwyane 26 – (1982-01-17)January 17, 1982 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Miami Heat United States
SG 10 Bryant, Kobe (C) 29 – (1978-08-23)August 23, 1978 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Los Angeles Lakers United States
C 11 Howard, Dwight 22 – (1985-12-08)December 8, 1985 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Orlando Magic United States
PF 12 Bosh, Chris 24 – (1984-03-24)March 24, 1984 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Toronto Raptors Canada
PG 13 Paul, Chris 23 – (1985-05-06)May 6, 1985 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) New Orleans Hornets United States
SF 14 Prince, Tayshaun 28 – (1980-02-28)February 28, 1980 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Detroit Pistons United States
SF 15 Anthony, Carmelo 24 – (1984-05-29)May 29, 1984 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Denver Nuggets United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on August 9, 2008

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. 
  2. ^ "2008 Olympic Basketball Men (FIBA) – United States roster". FIBA. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

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