‘Brotherhood’: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony Recall Their Good Old Days in the Redeem Team

Published 01/29/2021, 10:06 AM EST
2008––USA’s form left, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd walk off the court during a timeout against China during competition in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Outside of the NBA world, basketball is also played globally when players make their way to the Olympics. However, the only two teams that have made the most impact are the 1992 squad and the 2008 squad. Part of the latter USA team were superstars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and even Kobe Bryant.

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This team achieved so much success that even now, LeBron, Wade, and Melo are reminiscing about those good old days when they got a gold medal for the USA.

LeBron James missing his olympics team

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In 1992, a team for the ages was formed, which was called ‘The Dream Team’. This United States men’s Olympic basketball team was the first to be allowed to take part in the Olympics. They did not disappoint at all and ended up winning the gold medal too.

Then came the ‘Redeem Team’ in 2008, and their only aim was to bring back the gold. This was because the 2004 team had won the bronze instead, which was the worst outing for the NBA players of a U.S. team. They did exactly that and got another gold.

After 1992, this was one of the best teams put together and James, Melo, and Wade are remembering those days on Instagram. Carmelo first posted a picture of the three of them with a caption, “Brotherhood.” Then LeBron and Wade also posted it on their stories.

Dream Team or Redeem Team?

A comparison between two legendary teams is inevitable in basketball. The Dream Team had Michael Jordan, along with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, and the entertaining Charles Barkley. Let’s not forget that these are the layers who have helped in making this sport the global game that it is today.

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Whereas, the 2008 team had much more pressure on them. They had to redeem the reputation of the team after the mess the 2004 squad made. This was also when we saw a sneak peek of what would eventually become the ‘Big Three’ of the Miami Heat, with James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Let’s not forget the legendary Kobe Bryant was also on this team.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: LeBron James (L) and Kobe Bryant (R) look on during a basketball press conference ahead of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

One can say that the Dream team is significant historically, but the Redeem Team’s comeback was more interesting. So, if you had to pick which one would it be?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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