Dwyane Wade recalls the excitement of tying guns to Kobe Bryant during the 2008 Gold Medal Gala: “We were just two kids who loved playing the game”

There was a moment late in the 2008 men’s basketball gold-medal game in Beijing – a tense match between a star-studded US team and defending champion Spain – when Dwyane Wade was driving the ball past a defender, stopping just like his feet. hit paint. Then Wade kicks the ball to Kobe Bryant, opens it and crosses the three-point line.

“I found him across the court, he stabbed him and lifted and hit three. It was that moment when we knew it was over,” Wade recalls Thursday night while standing on the red carpet for the Netflix documentary. recovery team Outside the Netflix Theater in Hollywood. He knows playing well because it is one of his favorite games, which 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, Tyshawn Prince and Michael Reed with a score of 118 -107.

Still image from Netflix’s team recovery Featuring Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant.

Courtesy of Netflix / IOC / John Huet

It’s also a moment in the new Netflix movie directed by John Weinbach that details the rise, fall, and recovery of the US 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 his wife Vanessa and their daughters, including Gianna Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash with her father on January 26, 2020.

Wade, the executive producer of the document, attended the premiere with Weinbach and team recovery Insiders such as Frank Marshall, Mike Tulane, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Philip Byron, Greg Grogel, Mark Parkman, Jonathan Vogler and others. In addition to his favorite play, Wade shared what it meant to him to win a gold medal and lock arms with Bryant during 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 on getting my name back as well, after the injury,” said Wade, who walked the carpet. . With his wife Gabrielle Union. “To be able to stand there, alongside one of my favorite players and someone who’s become like my brother all that time, was special. We can hold arms and look at each other and get dizzy, like kids. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade got out of it, we were just two kids. They both love to play basketball. To have the opportunity to do it on one of the biggest theaters in the world, it was amazing.”

Still image from Netflix’s team recovery Featuring Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd.

Courtesy of Netflix / IOC / John Huet

For Weinbach, the search for the shots was “emotional.”

“I grew up in L.A. as a Laker fanatic. I am two years older than Kobe and have two sons.” As a Laker fan, I gained a new appreciation for Kobe during those Olympics because when the chips were off 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 preparing the document before Bryant’s death and in the aftermath of the tragedy, “it added another level of responsibility.”

Marshall felt heavy, too. “One of the reasons I signed up was because we got access to the Olympic archives,” he explained of the deal with the IOC that granted access to previously unavailable material or footage that was “too expensive” to obtain a license. I didn’t see any of these shots they took during those four years between Athens and Beijing. That’s what I love about docs, and the discovery process, as opposed to my day job where I know exactly what I’m doing at every moment of the day. To be able to find snapshots like Kobe’s birthday, it was a great celebration and incredible things we could weave into the story.”

They did so with the Bryant family’s blessing: “We work with the family on almost 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 happened and was real, we know it’s true. But we also want respect for Kobe family feelings.

team recovery Streaming on Netflix October 7.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Lisa Nishimura pose with NBA stars and team recovery Players Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard.

Courtesy of Charley Gallay / Getty Images for Netflix

Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Dan Silver from Netflix, Philip Byron from SpringHill, Greg Grogel, Lisa Nishimura from Netflix, Mark Parkman, Mike Tollin, John Weinbach, Dwyane Wade, Frank Marshall, Dwight Howard and Ted Sarandos from Netflix.

Courtesy of Charley Gallay / Getty Images for Netflix

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

Charlie Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

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