The Dream Team Tapes: Kobe LeBron & The Redeem Team

The Dream Team Tapes: Kobe LeBron & The Redeem Team

The master sportswriter Jack McCallum is back with a new season of the #1 New Sports Podcast of 2020, joining forces with J.A. Adande for an epic examination of the incomparable 2008 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team and the legendary players that defined a new generation of NBA basketball. They talk to players and coaches including Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, Jason Kidd, Chris Bosh, Robert Horry, Jerry Colangelo, Deron Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and more, bringing you an insider’s study in athletic challenge, transformation, and ultimate victory.

Assembling icons like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, The Redeem Team composed the greatest single team since the superlative Dream Team of Jordan, Johnson, and Bird from 1992. The US team was in shambles following the rise of Olympic teams around the world and their humiliation at the 2004 Games. It was the gold medal in ’08 or total failure — there was nothing in between. What The Redeem Team achieved signaled a total rebirth of USA Basketball —and some would say basketball in general — whose legacy we are living out today.


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Jack McCallum
Jack McCallum

McCallum joined the staff of Sports Illustrated in 1981 and became known for his articles on the NBA. He won the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award. During the 2005–06 NBA pre-season, McCallum began working as an unofficial assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team as part of an assignment for Sports Illustrated. The piece soon evolved into a larger project, as the Suns granted McCallum full access to their practices and strategy sessions throughout the entire season. The resulting work was his book :07 Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin’ and Gunnin’ Phoenix Suns. In 2008, McCallum left Sports Illustrated but has continued to write for the publication as a special contributor.

 

Additionally, McCallum wrote Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court With the 1990-91 Boston Celtics, as well as Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and The Greatest Team Of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, chronicling the players on the Dream Team and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His recent work, Golden Days, is on Jerry West’s L.A. Lakers and the current Golden State Warriors team.

J.A. Adande
J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande is the Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University and a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around The Horn, in which he returned as a panelist in January 2018. He was formerly an American sports columnist and sideline reporter who covered the NBA for ESPN, and was also a regular guest host on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption.

Adande is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. He is the host of Netflix’s podcast about The Last Dance.