Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Beijing 2008: Team USA’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant ‘Redeem Team’ basketball gold medal was most important

  • Even before China’s first Olympic hosting the NBA’s relationship with the country was under scrutiny over politics and human rights
  • LeBron James and Kobe Bryant thought their London 2012 team would beat 1992 ‘Dream Team’ but 2008 was most historic

Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
Team USA's Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade bite their gold medals on the podium after at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
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Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Jonathan White joined the Post in 2017 after a decade reporting on sport from China. He originally moved to Beijing to coach football in 2007 and later spent two years in Shanghai.