The 2008 US men’s basketball team will always be celebrated. It had the best set of NBA players in every position. Headlined by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, they were famously called the “Redeem Team.” After only winning a bronze at the Athens Olympics, there were high expectations from the men’s team in Beijing.
They looked dominant right from the very go. They eventually won the gold by defeating a strong Spanish team in the final. Jim Boeheim was the assistant coach of the US men’s basketball team in Beijing. In a recent interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, the legendary coach revealed how professional the team was.
“We didn’t know what to expect, we were getting a lot of negative stuff and when we got there and once we got underway, the NBA players were absolutely 100% in and no issues and no problems.
The Redeem team had a lot of firepower. However, head coach Mike Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, was unrattled by the difficulties of managing a star-studden lineup. According to Boeheim, Coach K liked to hold a lot of meetings. This proved to help in the long run as they had no problems with their chemistry.
“Coach K has a lot of meetings. Morning meetings, pre-practice meetings, after-practice meetings, and film sessions. So you’re talking two-three meetings a day everyday for well 36 days, that’s a lot of meetings and nobody missed, nobody was late, everybody was there, everybody was engaged.”
Another big reason behind the success of the Redeem Team was the unselfishness shown by the superstars. With a wide array of stars in the team, not everyone got to start every night. However, Boeheim highlighted that players were only focused on winning.
“When you have Dwyane Wade, who was the player of the year I think or close to second runner up maybe saying, “Yeah I’ll come off the bench, it’s no problem.” Offcourse he was our leading scorer off the bench by the way, Chris Paul came of the bench on that team. Guys didn’t care who scored or how much they scored, they just wanted to win.” said Boeheim when talking about the Redeem Team.