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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 5:36 pm  |  27 responses

Ready For The World

And Redeem they did.

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Photo by Paul Aresu
Originally published in SLAM Olympic Hoops ‘08

On the eve of Team USA looking to redeem themselves after years of recent struggles in international play, expectations were for the squad of All-Stars were understandably high. Much of the onus for bringing the US back to international dominance was placed on the broad shoulders of three of the best: Melo, Kobe, and LeBron. Needless to say, they delivered. — Adam Fleischer

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Kobe, LeBron………..and Melo.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    But I have to be fair: Melo absolutely balled in the Olympics.

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  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    That’s straight up AWESOME, best wallpaper posted thus far.
    Thanks SLAM.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Oh, I wasn’t going to get into it but…
    DWade should have been on the cover instead of Melo.
    Melo posted averages of 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg while DWade averaged a team high 16 points in 18 minutes on 67% field goal shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.3 steals.
    I know prior to doing the photo shoot Wade was just on the brink of coming back from surgery and thus didn’t get the co-cover, but still. DWade any time of the week, fellas.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Could you guys make it to wallpaper format? That’d be cool.

  • Todd Spehr

    Look at LeBron’s legs! (no homo)

  • Witness

    theyre gonna get beat in 2012. they barely beat a manu ginobili-less argentina team and barely beat spain who was missing jose calderon.

  • http://dfjlf.com Jukai

    Anton, I think this was taken for the Las Vegas games, when Wade was still recovering from injury.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    DWADE!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sometimes we are really good.

  • jose

    this is the slam olympic cover aint it.then i totally understand why wades not in it. wade shuld be tho

  • http://anf.blogspot.com anf

    How about a wallpaper for this picture, please?

  • Jackie Moon

    Hmmm… 61 in the Garden … yup, Kobe sucks!

  • clapzilla

    Wade Was The Best Player On Any Team For The Olympics. Same Goes For Melo In The ’07 Americas Championship, And He Was A Total Beast In The ’06 Worlds (pau was the best player that year). Kobe Had One Good Game In The Olympics. Just One.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Melo was balling, Ryne? Really? More like bawling and brawling (well trying to, giving that it’s Mr. backpedaler). He was actually the MAN in the last world championships, but in Beijing, he was horrid in the group phase and better in the medal rounds. And he did his very best to reinforce the “ugly american player” stereotype other countries have of the NBA. (remember other Dream Team incarnations, with the crotch grabbing etc.)

  • stokesey

    Thank god Boozer isnt/wasnt on the cover…he was the one doing his very best to reinforce the “ugly american player” stereotype other countries have of the NBA.

  • stokesey

    ^^ Maybe he was mad for not getting much P/T…?

  • starbury&stevey

    @stokesey….lebron is doing it in place of Boozer.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I’ll see if we can turn this into a wallpaper. It may not be overnight, of course.

  • Matt

    Sick!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    nice

  • j-smoov 5

    Sick…Also, agree with Anton.

  • Louis

    Carmelo sux.

  • http://www.idk.yahoo.com christian

    Melo was balling, Ryne? Really? More like bawling and brawling (well trying to, giving that it’s Mr. backpedaler). He was actually the MAN in the last world championships, but in Beijing, he was horrid in the group phase and better in the medal rounds. Melo posted averages of 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg while DWade averaged a team high 16 points in 18 minutes on 67% field goal shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.3 steals.
    I know prior to doing the photo shoot Wade was just on the brink of coming back from surgery and thus didn’t get the co-cover, but still. DWade any time of the week, fellas.

  • Unka Tom

    where the f*ck is DWade

  • franko
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