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Watch NBA Stars Recount Kobe Bryant's Leadership During 2008 Olympics in 'The Redeem Team' Sneak Peek

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade of the United States compete against Argentina during a men's semifinal baketball game at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade of the United States compete against Argentina during a men's semifinal baketball game at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China.

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Kobe Bryant was so laser-focused on winning gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics he ran through his own Los Angeles Lakers teammate.

On Saturday, Netflix unveiled a sneak preview of its upcoming documentary film The Redeem Team, about the gold medal-winning American men's basketball team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The sneak preview shows NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol and Chris Bosh recounting Bryant's leadership skills and competitive energy during the tournament.

In the preview, archival footage shows Bryant, who died at 41 in a fatal January 2020 helicopter crash, discuss playing against then-Lakers teammate Gasol of Spain in a matchup during the tournament's group stage.

"We're defending world champions, we're both undefeated, and this is a game everybody was waiting to see," Bryant says of Gasol in the footage shot ahead of the game, which took place on Aug. 16, 2008.

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"We're like brothers, we're very, very close, and I'm very happy for him that he's playing well. We're very tight, so it's a little tough to compete against him," Bryant says in the clip.

The sneak preview then turns to Gasol today, interviewed while wearing a "Kobe 22" t-shirt, as he explains that Bryant visited him and his Spanish teammates before their matchup, which Gasol now views as part of Bryant's strategy to "soften me up."

USA Jason Kidd (5), LeBron Jame (6), Kobe Bryant (10), and Dwyane Wade (9) victorious vs Argentina during Men's Semifinal at Olympic Basketball Gymnasium in Wukesong Culture and Sports Center. Beijing, China 8/22/2008
USA Jason Kidd (5), LeBron Jame (6), Kobe Bryant (10), and Dwyane Wade (9) victorious vs Argentina during Men's Semifinal at Olympic Basketball Gymnasium in Wukesong Culture and Sports Center. Beijing, China 8/22/2008

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Just before the game started, Bryant told his Team USA teammates he was going to "set the tone" for the game by intentionally colliding with Gasol on the very first play, as James, 37, and Wayne, 40, recall in the clip.

"Kobe said he's gonna set the tone to start the game and he said 'I'm running through Pau's f------ chest,' " James says in the clip. "'Man, you tripping, that's your teammate, you trippin, you ain't about to do that.' "

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"'First play of the game I'm running through Paul Gasol,' " Wade similarly remembers Bryant saying. "We was like… what?"

"He said 'First play of the game, I know what they're going to run,' and he knew Pau would be the last screen, and he said 'I'm running through that motherf-----,' " Wade added.

And footage from the clip shows exactly that: Bryant lowers his shoulder into Gasol's screen while guarding another opponent, knocking Gasol to the ground and earning a personal foul.

"We was like... 'Holy s---,' " James says.

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"He just went right into the middle of my chest, tried to get right through me to send a message," Gasol remembers. "Not just to me, but to his teammates. Say, hey, this might be my brother, I play with him, we're close, but I don't care about anything else but winning."

LeBron James #6, Kobe Bryant #10 and Dwyane Wade #9 of U.S. Men's Senior National Team practices during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on August 19, 2008 at the USOC training facility in Beijing, China.
LeBron James #6, Kobe Bryant #10 and Dwyane Wade #9 of U.S. Men's Senior National Team practices during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on August 19, 2008 at the USOC training facility in Beijing, China.

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James says in the clip that he knew Team USA would beat Spain as soon as Kobe hit Gasol.

"He did that to his teammate, oh my God, we was like 'Ain't no way. There's no way we're losing this game. We're about to beat the s--- out of Spain,' " James says.

Team USA went on to win that group-round matchup 119-82, according to Basketball-Reference. Bryant and the national team went on to meet Spain again in the tournament's gold-medal match, which the USA won 118-107.

The Redeem Team premieres on Netflix Friday, Oct. 7.