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Netflix announced plans to release “The Redeem Team” documentary this October, executive produced by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
“The Redeem Team,” named after the 2008 USA Olympic men’s basketball team, will show never before seen footage of how the players were selected for the team, and will feature interviews with those involved including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The documentary marks the first collaboration between the International Olympic Committee and Netflix.
“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!” said Wade upon the announcement of the documentary. “I’m excited for everyone to get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see all the work that went into this iconic team — The Redeem Team!”
The 2008 team was nicknamed “The Redeem Team” after the 2004 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team failed to garner a gold medal for the first time since 1988, winning a bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. Duke University coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski was hired to help change the culture of U.S. basketball and recapture the gold.
LeBron James Building Empire Off The Court
One of the greatest basketball players in history on the hardwood, LeBron James is continuing to build his empire off the court. “The Redeem Team” documentary announcement comes the same week the Los Angeles Lakers star signed a 2-year $97 million contract extension, making him the highest earning player in NBA history with $532 million career earnings.
In June, the LeBron James Foundation published a proposal for a multimillion-dollar I Promise HealthQuarters, a community-based main health-care facility.
I Promise HealthQuarters aims to open in 2023, and the location will be at 533 W. Market Street in Akron, across from House Three Thirty. It assists with financial literacy and supplying job training. During the announcement, the foundation stated that I Promise Healthquarters would help with Axess Pointe Community Health Centers, Coleman Health Services, and Peg’s Foundation.