Middle row, from left: Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer
Front row, from left: Michael Redd, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade
The U.S. men's basketball team showed up in Beijing determined to earn back the gold medals that the "Dream Teams" won in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. A bronze-medal finish at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games was a disappointment, especially since the team lost more matchups at those Games than it had in all other Olympic competitions combined.
But these guys weren't nicknamed "The Redeem Team" for nothing! Led by Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, the team beat Spain 118-107 in the finals to reclaim top honors and prove that the United States is still basketball royalty.