While billed as “The New Dream Team” by the British press, Team USA knew their final challenge to be one of a more nightmarish variant. After medaled with sliver during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Spaniards steadily nurtured its national team during the last four years, effectively dominating the European basketball circuit with back-to-back EuroBasket championship titles. Absolutely physical and contemptuous, at times the game looked more to be a MMA match rather than a basketball game, for Team Spain‘s Captain Juan Carlos Navarro, the Gasol Brothers, and others, the rematch against Team USA yesterday afternoon was more than just an opportunity for redemption. Rather, it was a way to challenge United States’ dominance in the sport since the 2004 Athens Olympics.
For Team USA and LeBron James, the mission was more straightforward – defend their title at all costs. Among the fouls, shots, and dunks, James paced himself during the game as well as into the record book when USA defeated Spain 107 to 100. Apart from Michael Jordan, James is now the second player to win the NBA regular season MVP title, the NBA Finals MVP, the NBA Championship Title, and the Olympic Gold Medal all in the same year. In addition, Nike and Nike Basketball also presented James with his new signature edition right before the game – the LeBron X.
A bonding of Nike’s four most technical advanced design elements, the Nike LeBron X features a Hyperfuse construct with Flywire upper, a Nike+ Basketball add-on, and a full-length Nike Zoom unit, completely visible for the first time. Thus, giving the shoe a perfect fit, superb comfort and cushioning, plus a real-time feedback. Stay tuned as more information about the Nike LeBron X to come soon.