Dwyane Wade Talks Netflix Doc ‘Redeem Team’ And Friendship With Kobe Bryant – News Kidda

There was a moment late in the 2008 men’s basketball gold medal match in Beijing – a thrilling match between a star-studded United States team and reigning world champion Spain – when Dwyane Wade drove the ball past a defender and stopped just before his feet touch the paint. Wade then kicks the ball to Kobe Bryant, open and just past the three-point line.

“I found him on the other side of the field, he jabbed, got up and hit a three. That’s when we realized it was over,” Wade recalled Thursday night as he walked the red carpet for the Netflix documentary . The redemption team outside Netflix’s Tudum Theater in Hollywood. He knows the game well as it is one of his favorites from the game, a game that ended with gold medals around the necks of Wade, Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Tayshaun Prince and Michael Redd with a score of 118-107.

A still from Netflix Redeem Team with Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant.

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It’s also a moment in the new Jon Weinbach-directed Netflix film that chronicles the rise, fall and redemption of the United States men’s basketball team on the Olympic stage. It features a host of new interviews with the team and some never-before-seen footage of the late Bryant with wife Vanessa and their daughters, including Gianna Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash with her father on January 26, 2020.

Wade, an executive producer of the document, appeared on the premiere with Weinbach and… Redeem Team insiders like Frank Marshall, Mike Tollin, Diego Hurtado De Mendoza, Philip Byron, Greg Groggel, Mark Parkman, Jonathan Vogler and others. In addition to his favorite play, Wade shared what it meant to him to win gold and take up arms with Bryant at the gold medal ceremony.

“In 2008 it was a very important time for Kobe in his personal life and a very important time for me as I was rebuilding and working to get my name back too, after recovering from an injury,” said Wade, who walked on the carpet. with his wife Gabrielle Union. “To be there side by side with one of my favorite players and someone who has become like a brother to me during that time was special. We can close our arms and look at each other and be dizzy, like children. Take out the Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, we were just two kids who loved playing basketball. To have had the chance to do it on one of the world’s biggest stages, it was amazing.”

A still from Netflix Redeem Team with Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd.

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For Weinbach, searching through the images was ’emotional’.

“I grew up in LA as a Laker fanatic. I’m two years older than Kobe and I have two boys,” he explained. “And as a Laker fan, I got a new appreciation for Kobe during those Olympics because when the chips ran out and they really needed a bucket, it was Kobe who turned it on. I wanted that story to be told.”

Weinbach said they began the process of creating the document prior to Bryant’s death and in the wake of the tragedy, “it added another level of responsibility.”

Marshall felt the weight too. “One of the reasons I signed up for this was because we got access to the Olympic archives,” he explained of the deal with the International Olympic Committee that granted access to previously unavailable material or footage that was “too expensive” to to license. “I hadn’t seen any of these images they shot in those four years between Athens and Beijing. That’s what I love about documents, the discovery process, as opposed to my day job where I know exactly what I’m doing every moment of the day. To be able to find images like Kobe’s birthday, that was a great celebration and incredible things we were able to weave into the story.”

They did so with the blessing of Bryant’s family: “We are working with the family on just about everything we’ve done for this particular document. We’re very sensitive to everyone we have in these documents and to me, as long as it’s happened and it’s real, we know it’s okay. But we also want to respect the feelings of Kobe’s family.”

Redeem Team begins streaming on Netflix on October 7.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Lisa Nishimura pose with NBA superstars and Redeem Team players Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard.

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Diego Hurtado De Mendoza, Netflix’s Dan Silver, SpringHill’s Philip Byron, Greg Groggel, Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura, Mark Parkman, Mike Tollin, Jon Weinbach, Dwyane Wade, Frank Marshall, Dwight Howard and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Lola Clark and Zaire Wade.

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