Chris Paul is part of the US ‘The Redeem Team’ featured in Netflix doc

Jerry Colangelo recalls having a number of emotions upon assuming his position as managing director of the USA men’s basketball program in April 2005.

The former Phoenix Suns team owner was upset not only because Team USA took a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, but also because of how the players were viewed globally.

“It was not a very good performance on and off the court by our American athletes,” Colangelo said. “That led me to want to change. That’s when I was approached to take control and I was willing to do it because I cared. Basketball has been pretty good for me.”

So when Team USA won gold four years later at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Colangelo was proud to have a role in bringing the Americans back to the top of the basketball world.

“I have great, great affection for that team because it was our first,” he said.

Jason Kidd, LeBron James and Chris Paul celebrate their victory over Spain in the gold medal game at the Beijing Olympics on August 24, 2008.

Netflix is ​​reliving that journey with its documentary, “The Redeem Team,” which premieres Friday.

“I’m interested in seeing it because what year is this, 2022?” said Suns point guard Chris Paul, who was on the teams that won the gold medal at the U.S. Olympics in 2008 and 2012. “In 2006, we lost the World Championship, so 2008 was probably a One of the best teams I’ve been to in my life.”

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