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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 2:40 pm  |  95 responses

Kobe Bryant Lost 16 Pounds for the Olympic Games


He may not have a big role on this year’s Olympic hoops team – content to play sparingly, and mostly provide leadership as the Elder Statesman — but that doesn’t mean Kobe Bryant is taking the London Games lightly at all. Bean tells The Guardian that he shed 16 pounds while training for one final shot at another gold medal: “As the team go through their warm-up routine, it is clear that something is different about the superstar, physically and mentally. He seems very relaxed. [...] Sitting in a conference room at the Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Bryant and his coach reminisce over their first meeting. ‘I remember watching Kobe playing – I’ve been coaching for 37 years – and he was the best high school player I ever saw,’ says USA Basketball’s head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, recalling how he recruited Bryant to play for Duke University in 1996 before he became the 27th player to forgo his collegiate career and enter the NBA straight from high school. ‘I was a little, scrawny kid,’ remembers Bryant before Krzyzewski corrects him: ‘You were never that scrawny.’ Bryant laughs. ‘He carried himself way above his peers,’ Krzyzewski reflects. ‘He continues to do that. He really is the guy I respect most playing basketball today.’ […] ‘I actually enjoy it,’ Bryant says. ‘I have some grey hairs on my head, but the problem is that my hair won’t grow any more. The ageing thing is something I really enjoy. It’s a challenge because you have to adjust some things. You have to change your diet. You have to change the speed with which you play. It’s fun to approach that bridge.’ […] Beyond experimental [knee] therapy, Bryant reveals how else his appearance has changed, losing 16 pounds to prepare his older body for the rigours of the Olympics followed by another run at his sixth NBA title. ‘With summer basketball leading directly into the season – and I’m expecting to play until next June – I have to take some load off my knees. I’ve got to shave some of this weight.’”

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  • petro3

    Kobe = Determination like none other.

  • http://ZOGS1.COM ZOGS1

    ONLY KOBE, MAAAAA NlGGAA MIND SET OF A 2013 CHAMPP!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    how is it not 15 pounds?

  • Jeff

    Isaiah Rider did the between the legs dunk in the NBA dunk contest, 3 years before Kobe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Lobe was not the first to do that in the dunk contest

  • B.Plump

    Kobe looks old in some preolimpic games. Too old. He can’t win another ring. He can’t defense Navarro.

  • LA Huey

    Still got that gastroenteritis, huh? Bummer.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Probably a good idea just because of his age and the lack of need for him to be a post threat with the Lakers. 16 pounds in 2 months is solid though.

  • Jre

    I always wondered how his career would’ve played out if he went to Duke instead of straight to the NBA…….

  • ktokyo

    Kobe always brings it. As a basketball fan, you have to respect his will and determination. He doesn’t back down from any challenge. Whether it’s the slam dunk competition, the Olympics, World Basketball Championships – whatever – Kobe is game. A lot of the so-called stars nowadays are too afraid to ruin their reputation if they’re not sure they can win, so they take it off. Kobe has done more over his career than nearly anyone else playing. If you can’t respect him for that, you are just a hater.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    Have all of J.R. Rider’s feats been forgotten or erased?

  • SeanMagicJuan

    I used the term “feats” liberally above.

  • B.Plump

    Why MJ seems to have more athleticism and a better first step at 38 than Kobe right now? Kobe is all determination and I respect him more than any other player, but playing alongside of Melo, Lebron and Durant seems more a father and a captain than a real punch like Melo against Spain.

  • robb

    Skinny Mamba

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Say what you want about Kobe, you have to respect his determination and will.

  • Conor

    The Lakers are going to be a horrifying team to play against during the Playoffs. It’s what they’ve been reconfigured for: a dominant run from May to the end of June.

  • elmaar

    cosign Bplump. I don’t see kobe cracking 45% next season. And I don’t see nash helping him much in that regard. Despite missing a good amount of pounds the lift and quickness during those exhibition games were seemingly missing and comparably down from next season.
    Zogs…The lakes ain’t going too far with kobe as no.1 option, book it!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    You do know that if Coach K had said that the Akron native was the best high school basketball player he’d ever seen, our resident South Florida commenter would have been first to co-sign.

  • anonymous

    cosign elmaar

  • bike

    That seems like quite a bit of weight loss over two months. Rumor has it he went over to Germany and tried the hot beet juice enema treatment. They claim you can whistle Dixe with your anus after one of those.

  • http://www.slaminline.com spit hot fiyah

    for those mentioning rider, woolridge did it waaay before him in the contest

  • Lboogie

    Nash is gonna make Kobe better, no doubt. Less double teams and more cuts to the basket for Kobe. Artest is going for his ring, noone wanted the 50 game ring. It isnt legit like the hall of famers who all played 82. It is what it is, DID PEOPLE FORGET LAKERS WOULD BEAT TEAMS AT THE HALF BY 30. They use to put up close to 80 points before half and made every shot….it was crazy during their championship run. If u guys had fox sports west you would know they couldnt miss! So these 2 years dont mean nothing to the lakers…they just had to rest coming off back to back and then Kobe doesnt want a 50 game championship to his name. If he is chasing jordon he wants a legit 82 game season.

  • robb

    @B.Plump because Kobe at 34 has played almost 42 000 regular season minutes plus 8000 playoff minutes or so. Also MJ was a better athlete.

  • robb

    @bike “they claim”? I think you’ve got some first hand info. Tell the truth.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    If you’ve watched the USA team play, Kobe is playing very unselfishly, making good extra passes and not forcing too many shots. If that continues throughout the season, and he can chip in maybe 22ppg, the Lakers will be trouble.

  • Lboogie

    MJ was a better athlete, but Kobe is alot bigger, maybe taller. Plus you dont need lift if you have a finesse game. B Lump dont forget Kobe doesnt need to go hard and impress in stats, hes saving himself for the crunch time when LEBRON PASSES up another shot. Plus its exhibition, these games arent meant to be going all out and shooting. Its a tune up before they really start trying. The USA doesnt want to go hard and show anything right now, theyre the ones with the target on their back and the whole world is waiting to nail us.

  • bdogg

    kb definitely has his first step..he is coasting til sunday! it is all good!

  • Basketball_iQ

    Kobe did it different,, as an 18 yr old too.

  • Lboogie

    Dont forget Kobe still has 82 games with steve nash. im sure he doesnt want to get injured either with physical play from the euros. So he is taking it easy….He isnt getting paid to play, except maybe endorsements….Its funny how all the televised broadcasts were sponsored by Nike+…no wonder K LOVE doesnt play almost all the USA players wear NIKE and have their own shoe. Kobe is gonna play another olympics…watch that foo do it lol

  • Sundance

    it doesn’t make a difference for Bryant because he’s gonna lose in the second round to Okc again.

  • Lboogie

    Not this year…82 games man…not a 50 game summer league like last season. Lakers will win. End of Story. Dont say i told you so when they win and SLAMONLINE is the first thing you think about. Thunder will not make it out of the first round, Dallas is gonna take them out…or maybe memphis…Hell even WARRIORS might make it. Houston might make it..western conf is gonna be tough…BUT WITHOUT TWO CENTERS they cant beat lakers…Too big too skilled too talented too good. Boston is finally gonna have company at the top for most championships. Like i said, TWO CENTERS. END OF DISCUSSION

  • Lboogie

    Dont forget the clippers matched up to OKC really well last year and beat them in their regular season series. Clippers won 3-1 in the regular season. Matches up welllllll

  • Sundance

    ^ Dude lakers suck. did you see them lose to the Thunder 4-1 it wasn’t even competitive cause they won only 1 game

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    What a fat girl Kobe is!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Slick was me wtf Slam. Anyways, Lakers are not the favorite to win it.

  • Sundance

    Laker fans always say there gonna win a title with every scrub and old role player they get

  • Lboogie

    Yes…in a 50 game summer league where a championship wont matter because the hall of fame greats all won it during a 82. Lakers passed it to KD because a LAKER vs MIAMI final this year would be the MAIN EVENT. KD is a up and new comer along with harden, westbrook. Kobes been in the game, seasoned. Lawrys. Why would NBA throw a lakers vs miami in a 50 game season where it came off a sour situation. This season is the real deal….Lakers would shoot 60% before half and put 70 on teams…AT HALFTIME…70+ at halftime…need i repeat? Its not like the lakers suck, its only the owners and David Stern running the show, OKC came from seattle, a team that went to the championship. What better way than to bring them back to the limelight, the owner of OKC didnt put all that money in a new arena, new jerseys, just to not go to the finals. Think about it KD’s jersey sales, NIKE, its good for OKC. Stern knew it would bring a small city team to a profitable environment.

  • Sundance

    @Lboogie…How come Lakers and Heat didnt happen in 2011. Oh thats right they got swept while the Heat are going to the championship every year.

  • Lboogie

    Laker fans do say that because we actually WIN a title with old role players lol. Peep the past championships…im pretty sure lakers dominated since 2000, Being from LA…watching the laker games in the great western forum. I will always say Lakers are gonna win. Kobes getting his 6th…Lebron is good…but Kobe is doing what Lebron wants to do with miami…

  • Lboogie

    Lakers and heat didnt happen because it was a 50 game shortened season that doesnt mean anything to a hall of famer chasing his 6 championship. All of the hall of famers who won it never won it on a lockout season. Plus, having KD in last seasons final is good for the NBA and Nike…and the matchup of young leading scorer vs The King was good for the NBA….The lockout was because of money and how small town teams never made it to the finals because the stars would go to big city teams…but Stern made it a point to put a small city team from the western conference in the finals. Why do u think they blocked the CP3 trade…where in the hell do u ever hear about a commissioner blocking a trade.

  • Sundance

    Lol im sorry but lakers are done. Sure they go to the playoffs only to get knocked out before the Conference finals. The way this roster is made up. They aint even getting back to the finals anytime soon….

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If the Lakers get Dwight, I have no idea how they can’t be considered favorites by a wide margin.

  • Sundance

    Lboogie, im not talking about the lockout season. Why didnt the Lakers and Heat play each other in the 10/11 season? huh?

  • Heals

    So we san say WHATEVER we want about the guy, but as long as we respect the “determination and will” it’s cool. I keeping that on the record Kob fans…

  • bdogg

    what is kobe down to now? i thought he was at 205 all season? that means he is 185?? no way!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Miami is a small city too! LOl you’re sounding ridiculous, Lakers won’t win one this year or the next.

  • Sundance

    ^ Thank you

  • Lboogie

    Miami is not a small city…in terms of marketing and having a DISNEY in the states…its just as big as California…even in POLITICS.

  • Lboogie

    oh yeah.i can answer that sundance. Its because 1) Lakers were coming off a back to back…championship 2) J Kidd has been trying to win one and marion, terry, nowit, all put it together and played team ball because J kidd just makes a team play together. 3) Kobe sprained the crap out of his ankle vs Hornets. 4) Refs were not calling the push on gasol every time he was in the paint. Regular season they would be able to get calls from ref about position. Teams were pushing gasol away from block without any fouls being called. Its not football, but whatever. It was clear that Lakers were not going to win with the calls they were getting and if you look closely…the bets that were being made in LAKERS favor were INSANE. Everyone thought they were gonna 3peat…so imagine if dallas wins…how much money vegas makes and EVERYONE in NBA makes. They made it to the finals 3 years in a row…they were going on their 4th…i mean i can keep going on about how LAKERS have not fallen off and are still FAVORITES

  • Lboogie

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/sports/basketball/nba-finals-to-test-small-market-thunders-national-appeal.html

    Reasons why these teams get to the finals…Ratings..and $$$ gotta share the wealth you know? Lakers cant keep winning and having tons of $$$$, its why Mark Cuban who is a psycho managed to get a championship..by buying one.

    Heres kobe not too long ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNCltZmsBpg

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If they get Dwight with Pau they should be the clear favorites. If they get Dwight and have to give up Pau and Bynum, not as much.

  • Sundance

    Lakers aren’t favorites. OKC , Miami , and even Boston have better odds than them

  • Lboogie

    Lets break this down…everyone knew Lebron james just moved to Miami, The world wanted to see Lebron, But without a healthy kobe…they passed it to dallas. Test the ratings like they did with san antonio…all the teams are either LA or from TEXAS. Spurs, Thunder, Lakers…only teams to make to finals past 10 years, even Hakeem’s Houston Rockets were in it during jordan years. I wonder if because TX is a hugeeee state, more people buying things there than LA. I wonder if Texas is the capital of marketing and consumer buying?

  • Lboogie

    well yeah, Lakers arent favorites BUT it doesnt mean they wont win it. I know vegas set Miami to be the favorites…but injuries can happen. I just know Lakers have never been out of the Championship talk, its absurd to not notice their dominance on a basketball aspect. The opening season vs Portland couple years back was a eye opener to how crazy lakers are…they just get bored of teams. Where do u hear announcers say Lakers purposely lose to get their guys fired to win. It just means they know they were so good that it became more of a JOB than Love of the game

  • Lboogie

    well yeah, Lakers arent favorites BUT it doesnt mean they wont win it. I know vegas set Miami to be the favorites…but injuries can happen. I just know Lakers have never been out of the Championship talk, its absurd to not notice their dominance on a basketball aspect. The opening season vs Portland couple years back was a eye opener to how crazy lakers are…they just get bored of teams. Where do u hear announcers say Lakers purposely lose to get their guys fired to win. It just means they know they were so good that it became more of a JOB than Love of the game.

  • Lboogie

    Artest is gonna make a difference. WATCH

  • Sundance

    If Artest is such a difference maker than why didnt he show up in the second round this year? and dont give me that shortened season BS

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You guys are both annoying as hell. Shut up.^^

  • LA Huey

    It’s like watching two retards discuss science fiction…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Neither has a winning argument they both just like to banter like females. No offense Cheryl. (The one female Slammer)

  • Jre

    I swear ya’ll dedicate more time hating Kobe while he don’t even know ya’ll exist…….

  • MUBWAR

    lakers fans needs there head checked by a doctor. Even if they get dwight this team isn’t going anywhere. No ATHLETICISM and no DEFENSE means no championships. kobe is too old to defend anyone. nash pau come on now. the era of Lakers Celtics is done and I’m happy 4 it. let’s move on 2 miami okc the grizzlies

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^LMAO. Pure idiocy…
    (If Howard is a Laker)
    You have a team with two former defensive players of the year. The best current defensive, center. A very solid defending 7 foot Power Forward. Kobe is average now days at defense and Steve Nash has made a career out of not having to play defense and still managing teams great.
    You are truly, and utterly STUPID. No offense braaah.

  • 24

    First off it was a 66 game season not 50. Tim Duncan and the Spurs won in the 1999 lockout but nobody questions that championship, just like nobody should question Miami this year, they deserved it. A lockout season shouldn’t make a difference because the playoffs are the normal length. And if the Lakers get Dwight, they’ll beat Miami in the Finals next year, book it.

  • Asadsaleh3

    Did someone say all of the Hall of Famers never won championships during lockout seasons? Tim Duncan and David Robinson???? Not Hall of Famers? And are people still not giving LeBron James his due? What does the man have to do?

  • Asadsaleh3

    LJ could average 50, 10 and 10 in the playoffs, win a championship and some folks would still talk about him and not wanting to take “clutch” shots.

  • MUBWAR

    ”a very solid defending 7f PF” loool lbj and love roughed him up to the tune of 4 rebounds yesterday. kobe was an average defender 2 years ago(when he somehow made it to the all d team). MWP? even superman cant defend 5 positions at once

  • LA Huey

    The Lakers clearly improved this offseason. Not sure how you can just rule them out. And as the Celtics have been proving for the last 4 years, champions don’t die until you cut off the head. News flash: Mamba is still alive.

  • Jake

    Everyone realizes that kobe is purposely playing easy right? He said that thing into the , and they are only in the . Why would he go hard for a game that means nothing? He’s taking 3 shots a game…..how about the game against Argentina when he and Durant scored the first 19 points? Haters…

  • Jake

    He’s had roughly the same averages since 07 and if I’m not mistaken he’s playing less minutes, which would mean he is more efficient.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    When Huey is defending the Lakers or Bean in anyway you need to check your self.
    Dude doesn’t like the Lakers or Kobe at all, but he can be real with himself and understand they are solid players that have a great chance at a chip this year.
    If you don’t think Gasol is a solid defender, that’s on you. If you don’t think Artest is a good defender, that’s on you.
    Facts have been presented. It’s your choice now if you choose to except them.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Jake, somehow I think Kobe managed to up his usage rating in less mins. He also put up 23 shots per game last year. His career average being 19.5. He hasn’t taken that many shots since he scored 35 PPG in 05/06. Also his FG% was 2% lower than his career average.
    So, no. He did not play more efficiently last year. None-the-less, the demise of Kobe Bryant’s skills each year is hilarious to hear talked about.

  • LA Huey

    Only thing I dislike more than the Lakers is ignorance or trash-talk parading as fact. LakeShow knows. Let’s enjoy the alliance for now, homie. Once King and Mamba return from London, we’re back at odds.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Rahhspect.

  • KDTreyCinco

    Watch out Lakers! Thunder rule the west now!

  • KDTreyCinco

    Watch out Lakers! The Thunder owns the west now!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe has been putting it down for years, please people show respect to a top 7 player in NBA History who has a chance to move up in my eyes to top 5 or higher when its all said and done. Kobe career is like no other.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    LOL at the dude saying Kobe is a lot bigger and stronger than Jordan. See what Tim Grover has to say about training both of them and Wade.

  • flight

    Orlando Woolridge did it before JR and Kobe. Also I hope people realize all Kobe needs in the next two seasons is two rings and 3000 points to have more rings and points then MJ and can certainly be in the conversation for number 1 all time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    No he cant lol

  • Conor

    He already is, so yes.

  • http://www.slamononline.com Redd

    I didn’t post that. But yeah Lakers won’t win again but don’t think they won’t be hard to beat.

  • http://none Charles Christian

    So what does that make him,around 190(pounds)at the most,6’7/190,is DOES THAT make him Alex English Now

  • Lboogie

    I’ve said enough to bring huey and lakeshow together , first day on the job and I solve world conflicts. Anyhow my argument has a point, Which is why you are a laker fan. Did anyone read what I wrote, I was praising lakers all day, and the fact that mwp improved after is because it takes time for any player to adjust to new teams. Lakers are a lock to win , Kobe can’t be locked down and I’ll be at staples celebrating

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Noticeable weight loss and much quicker on his feet in these last 3 olympic warmup games. I’m impressed with how he hounded Navarro two days ago, cutting the gap, quick hands everytime JC had the ball.
    Had a few vintage moves, took Sada baseline (from standstill, GREAT 1st step after a shoulder shimmy) then hung in the air as the big fouled him.
    Two handed pump-dunk on a defender after driving baseline, and most impressive, gathering an offensive board in the paint while surrounded by spanish bigs.
    Looks motivated to play D and be a facilitator, yet you know he can make any shot he sets his mind to.
    Weight loss. i’d say good decision judging by his current play.

  • MikeC.

    When did Kobe get physically bigger than Jordan? That’s either a purposeful lie, or the kid that said that isn’t old enough to have seen Jordan and Kobe on the court together. I suppose Gasol is bigger than Muresan too.

  • B.Plump

    Mj is more athletic than Kobe, right. Kobe has played a lot of more games at this stage of his career, yes. Kobe also played more international games (more summers unrested). Maybe Kobe work too much during off-season. The athleticism environment of the league is higher right now. I’m not talking about talent, just the physical demand to put a player in a position to get a ring. In his last ring Jeff Hornacek, Russell and Stockton were the defenders of Jordan. MJ has more room to shine. I’m not saying than KB was better than MJ. I’m not insane. Just MJ played (90′s) in the perfect era for the exaltation of individuals. The league then also favors the one to one game. Now we have more zone defense and less space and more legal restrictions. I’m just sad to see Kobe getting old too fast. He must began to play more back to basket with fade away jumpers, playing without ball just to catch and shoot and try to recover his 3 point range. Nash is gonna help if he is not injured at the right time, but Lakers need a fresh bench, a real second unit and the ferocity inside of Howard to have real options. Right now Durant and Westbrook can destroy KB and Nash. I think also KB knee is a problem.

  • Drig

    When Darksaber, a huge Mavs fan,is saying it’s a good move, you know you’re an idiot if you disagree :D .

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4FqOUz-Ia4 Ugh

    27th player to skip college and got to the NBA. Is that actually correct?

  • Cory Sp8

    This Lboogie guy is funny!!! I wonder what the conspiracy theory will be if the Lakers get swept or take the 4-1L again. Oh and if a short season don’t mean anything to a HOFer go tell Pop, Robinson and Duncan to give their ’99 rings back.

  • pposse

    lakers aint the favorites yet in vegas but their odds are around 8:1 for the championship. The best odds are the heat at 3:1 and i believe the thunder are 5:1. IF LA gets Howard I am sure the vegas odds makers will put the Lakers atleast at 5:1 if not 3:1 co-favorites with the Heat. It all seems pretty accurate to me.

  • pposse

    i take that back, lakers should have the second best odds to win the whole thing after Miami. Their team is stacked there is no way around it. The only thing that hinders them from winning it all is their coach imo.

  • Skrill

    God is good because Kobe is not a Blue devil alumni praise

  • MikeC.

    Why do people keep crapping on lockout seasons when their team doesn’t win the championship? Last time I checked, the Lakers played the same number of games as every other team. A 65 game season has the same weight as an 82 game season when every team plays 65 games. If people actually watch games and read real analysis, they’d have heard/read all the players, coaches, trainers, etc saying how the condensed 65 game season was more difficult than the more spread out 82 game season. People disregarding the Spurs and Heat championships are just bitter turds with hurt feelings. I can’t believe I just stood up for the Heat. I must have sun stroke.

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    Kobe such a good teammate, Melo Gained all that weight Kobe lost

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