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2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team


2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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.


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

See also


  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".  

External links

  • USA Basketball, official site
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