LeBron James Hypes Up Friend Dwyane Wade’s 2008 Olympic Performance

Published 08/18/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
CHINA – AUGUST 24: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, all of the U.S., celebrate after winning the gold medal in the men’s basketball event on the final day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. Bryant and his National Basketball Association colleagues defeated Spain 117-108 to reclaim the championship the U.S. lost four years ago in Athens after leading by just two points in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


At the 2004 Athens Olympics, the USA’s basketball team returned with a bronze medal. Four years later in Beijing, the Redeem Team made their way to the 13th Olympic gold in men’s basketball. Now, though the 2008 team had Kobe Bryant and LeBron James on the roster, it was Dwyane Wade who ended up stealing the show. To this day, fans remember Wade’s highlights, including James – who has never failed to hype up his friends.

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Timeless Sports, who shares old highlights and more on their account, recently shared a compilation of 2008 Dwyane Wade at the Olympics in Beijing. “Olympic Wade was a problem” they wrote, sharing the video along with it. Fans liked and shared the tweet, which eventually reached King James. The Los Angeles Lakers icon quote tweeted the video himself.

What does LeBron James have to say about 2008 Olympics Dwyane Wade?

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“Absolute problem,” James wrote, agreeing with Timeless Sports.

At the Olympics, Wade scored 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. His highest-scoring performance came with the finals game vs Spain, where Wade dropped 27 points and 2 rebounds, shooting 57.1% from the three-point range. The USA won 118-107, Bryant adding 20 points and James scoring 14 points.

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The retired Miami Heat icon was completely focused on the game, determined to bring a medal home. In an interview with NBC News, Wade admitted that he had shaved his hair off as he can solely concentrate on basketball. He did not want to brush his hair and remained skeptical of barbers that were not his.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3 and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 chat during halftime during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While speaking with The Platform Basketball Podcast last year, Wade also spoke about a documentary on the Redeem Team. “It’s something that we’ve been working on for the last year or so,” Wade had said. “For me, that was a big year, 2008. I had to kind of redeem myself, because everybody thought I was done”. There is yet to be any further announcement on the matter.

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