Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  35 responses

Kobe Bryant Willing to Come Off the Bench for Team USA?

One of the heroes from the Gold Medal winning ’08 team joined Coach K on his radio show, and said he’d do anything for Team USA at the next Olympics. From USA Today: “Bryant, appearing on Krzyzewski’s radio show, said he’s offering his services for the 2012 Olympics. Krzyzewski coached a Bryant-led team to the 2008 gold medal. ‘If anything, I’ll just be Mariano Rivera — come in in the last two minutes,’ said Bryant, who will be 34-years-old by the time of the London Olympics.”

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  • http://Yahoo.com Eboyhater

    Nope they should start him.

  • add

    ill be impressed if he makes it on the team

  • http://google c_cantrell

    he will still be good then but at least he acknowledges the fact that when it is time he come off the bench unlike other big name players of the past

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Kobe seems really eager to win another Gold medal, wonder why. After all Mike won two Gold medals. The copycat is at it again. That said, if he keep his current level or something close to it he should be playing an important role in 2012 no doubt.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    the dude is not going to like mike or his copycat or anything like that nor is he trying to be his copycat but even if he was what would be so bad bout that? can u think of one person ud rather copycat other than mj? think hard bud

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Copycat lol… or he just loves basketball like every one of us! Idiot.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i know right lol jus cause kobe can play and can win and win alot and mark his place in nba history and accomplish SOME of the same things that mj did ppl think he is trying to copycat him

  • Reflex

    Lz – that’s some might fine hating you’ve got going on there, Eboy would be proud

  • Nick the Quick

    ^^JTaylor would be double extra proud about that comment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d be way more impressed if he played in the 2012 Olympics for the Italian team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d be more impressed if he played in the 2012 Olympics for the It*lian team. Don’t be a b*tch, Kobe….rep the country you love so much and lets see just how great you are when you’re not being supported by all-world teammates.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Or are you afraid, Mambo?

  • T-Money

    Start em all. Wade, Kobe, Bron, Durant and Dwight.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I like using the psychology of the new, ignorant Lebron fan as my new touch point in my continued Kobe hate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    If Kobe was really trying to copy MJ, would he be such a Krzyneaklhquiowe1ski lover? Seems like he’d be a die hard UNC guy no?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe is a team player and he knows that he will start anyway. BOOK IT!!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    mvp finals mvp scoring champ dpoy
    MJ 5 6 10 1
    KB 1 2 2 0

  • Logan

    @Eboy – i had a eerily similar ‘conversation’ with a newbie Lebron fan who probably started watching ball last year or so….

    plus this is just part of the interview. Kobe started by saying that he would defend and score if required a la 2008

    Kobe will be in…the fight will be at forward if Lebron and Melo decide to play…i mean Durant carried team USA so he is a shoo in.

    Its inconsequential to discuss this to death right now since it will all depend on who wins at the end of 2011-12 season

  • Logan

    sorry about the horrible formatting…don’t know what happened!

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    I’m so sick of K24 being a copycat. He never has and never will be as great as KB8!

  • http://google c_cantrell


  • Archer

    copycat…??….i haven’t heard that word since like the 4th grade…….

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^pretty mature thing to say eh? lol

  • Sparker

    kobe is the best until proven otherwise, and nothing counts until june. and how old was j kidd when he started?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    pretty sure its already been proven otherwise there lil buddy now u can leave and take your crayons with u finish your lil coloring book

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    lol kobe really should play for italy. he would rip bargnani’s head off too.

  • http://slamonline.com GLORIAJAMES

    i’d tap that

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    ^ comment of the year….

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com eboyhater

    lol Gloria James firts delonte now kobe Looks like lebron is going to have a bad year

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Didn’t MJ win that first medal in College? Yes Chief he did, without coach K. Yeah the copycat may win another one but it won’t be as good as that one. He’d also have to go back to college and win a Chip. He’s not trying to copycat MJ he’s just ballin.

  • hoodsnake

    Coach K has a radio show???

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Eboy; if your aware of your ignorance, then how ignorant are you really?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I was hoping for an intelligent discussion about what the 2012 team’s roster and rotation should look like. Instead, we have an argument that Kobe’s copying MJ by wanting win ball games. =(

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  • http://www.makeitironic.com/?m=201012 Cristina Whitker

    Well, that is great, however how about the other choices we’ve got here? Would you mind crafting a further article regarding these too? Cheers!