‘Team Payback’: A Netflix Documentary About The Gold Medal US Basketball Team At The 2008 Games Gets Its First Trailer

Netflix released the trailer for the sports documentary recovery team. It tells the story of an American basketball team that had to avenge the 2008 Olympics after its unexpected and shameful defeat four years earlier.

Story of the Dream Team a favour. In 1992 in Barcelona, ​​players from the NBA, the largest basketball league in the world, were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time. This led to Team USA’s descent to Spain with the trio of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. They were complemented by other international stars such as Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Charles Barkley. The team was immediately the face of the 1992 Olympics.

Team USA was so good that Jordan didn’t have to play at his best. He was only the fifth player in the United States with the most points per game. On average, the United States won its games by 43.8 points. In the final, Venezuela went to the ax 127-80.

decline in 2004

Story of the recovery team less well known. After the US came home with gold medals in both the 1996 and 2000 games, arrogance crept into the team by 2004. Players like Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Ray Allen and others were injured or preferred to vacation in Athens.

Consequently, coach Larry Brown had to rely largely on young, yet unproven talent – such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade – and a few lesser-known gods. The only two players on the list are Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson. The result was clear. The US team lost at least three times, including in the semi-finals of the subsequent champion Argentina. In the small final they narrowly managed to win the bronze medal against Lithuania. In the United States, that bronze medal was seen as a disappointment.

recovery team

At the 2008 Olympics, revenge was required. Legendary College Duke celebrity coach, Mike ‘Coach K’ Krzyzewski was named national coach, while Kobe Bryant became the captain. Only players who really wanted to stick with Team USA and take part in the entire preparations were allowed to come to Beijing.

The selection eventually consisted of no less than eleven All-Stars teams with Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and many other top players. The ESPN sports channel continued preparing for the games with a special program The way to salvation.

The plan worked, with the US reaching the final without any problems. Nerves will be hitting against the strong Spanish team for some time, but in the end they also had to believe it with 118-107. So, after four years, there was finally the payback for Team USA. Since then, the United States will never miss the Olympic title again.


That beautiful story inspired Netflix to make a documentary. recovery team Produced by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who watched the events from the first row. Also behind the team the last dancethe award-winning documentary about Michael Jordan’s last NBA title, contributed to this new basketball documentary.

recovery team It will be the first ever collaboration between Netflix and the International Olympic Committee. There will also be never-before-seen photos.

Watch the trailer for recovery team:

recovery team It will be available on Netflix from October 7. Looking for something else to watch in the meantime? Check out our list of the 50 best series on Netflix here.

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