NBA superstar LeBron James once made then-president Barack Obama and current president Joe Biden look at him in awe. It was during an exhibition game in 2012 between USA and Brazil to prepare for the London Olympics. When James threw down the monstrous dunk, Obama and Biden stared at each other amazed. Barack Obama’s love for the game of basketball is no secret. Matter of fact, he is good at it as well.
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He famously needed 12 stitches on his lips after getting hit by an elbow while playing basketball. “After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House medical unit,” the press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said in a statement.
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President Joe Biden is also a huge basketball fan much like Obama and attends basketball games now and then. Furthermore, he was a standout football player during his school years. After preparing well for the London Olympics, the national team landed in London as the favorites.
LeBron James and Team USA
In the 2004 Greece Olympics, the USA national team had one of their worst outings. While the women’s team won the Gold medal, the men’s team didn’t even reach the final. LeBron James and the company had to settle for the Bronze medal. And the most shocking thing is, that the team had big names like James, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Stephon Marbury, etc. Even though James, Wade, and Carmelo were relatively less experienced they were superstars of the league. And their inability to clinch Gold was shocking.
So in the Beijing Olympics, the national team wanted to show the world what they are capable of. And the 2008 Olympics basketball team was dubbed the ‘Redeem Team’. This time around Kobe Bryant was back in the squad. And the team won the Gold medal beating Spain in the finals. Argentina won the Bronze medal.
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So the 2012 London Olympics was about continuing the success and showcasing dominance. This time, the OKC trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden made the squad. Similar to the previous time, won the Gold medal beating Spain in the finals. But it was a very close game and Spain went toe to toe throughout the game. However, team USA won with a scoreline of 107-100. Kevin Durant scored 30 with 9 rebounds for Team USA.
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