2007 Blue and White Game: Redeem Team intra-squad scrimmage aka Kobe vs LeBron in one of the most underrated basketball games ever played - exhibition, scrimmage, playoffs, WHATEVER.
USA Basketball had failed to win the gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. They failed to win gold again at the FIBA World Championships in 2006. Coach K, USA's new coach, made it clear that only the hungriest, hardest working players would be on this squad. With LeBron James returning to the team and Kobe Bryant confirmed to play for the first time ever for USA, the Redeem Team was forming and needed a theme song. Nike just did it and commissioned "The Second Coming" by Juelz Santana and Just Blaze. Blood was in the water and gold was looking like a foregone conclusion after their intrasquad game. They put on a showcase scrimmage that will be talked about as long as the sport of basketball exists. Kobe led the Blues back into the game after the Whites, led by LeBron and J-Kidd, were up for most of the game. Watch the score and clock as Kobe attacks LeBron in the final 2 minutes. The Whites switched Tayshaun Prince onto Kobe, and Kobe hit what would be the game winner with 6 seconds left right in his face. Kobe then defended LeBron on the final play of the game, and the King missed at the buzzer. Jason Kidd was making unbelievable passes and soon-to-be rookie Kevin Durant showed that he could run with the best of the best in his first real test against professionals. If you go and watch the footage on YouTube, you can hear Kobe saying "OH SHIT" as he's falling in mid air onto the cameramen after being blocked by LeBron. Notice how hard LeBron threw the ball into the hoop on that first dunk. Also, notice how deep Kobe is on all of his 3's. Kobe's game winner over Prince made that special metallic sound one only hears on a perfect swish, when the ball goes in so perfectly it graces the box to create this sound. Kobe had 26pts, 7 of which came in the last 2 minutes. LeBron had 18.
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