Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  8 responses

Kobe Bryant Says He Won’t Play in FIBA Basketball World Cup

Given his advanced age and current injury situation, it’s not entirely surprising that Kobe Bryant is done with international competition. Bean says he won’t take part in the Fiba World Cup next summer in Madrid, Spain. Per the Business Mirror: “I love competing but I will let the young guys play and represent the country,’ said Bryant, who donned the Team USA jersey in the Fiba Americas Championship in 2007, on Monday during an event promoting the latest Lenovo mobile phones at the Passion Restaurant at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Bryant arrived from Beijing early Monday morning despite the bad weather wrought by Typhoon Labuyo. ‘I had my fun playing, just leave the NBA championships to me,’ added the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time Olympic gold medalist as he tries to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another NBA title in the coming season. Bryant never had the chance to play in the Fiba Worlds because he was either injured or had a prior commitment.”

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  • LakeShow

    Good. Time to hang it up in certain lockers for the old man.

  • spit hot fiyah

    last chance for the pau/jcnavarro generation to beat the US. can’t ask for a better opportunity than to do it at home and with the possibility of some big names sitting out for the states,

  • patrick

    nba championships? ya rite,,their current roster is so weak..they didn’t try and acquire nate robinson, pekovic, nor mo williams…

  • Koy-oH

    he only won one mvp

  • grgeblck

    probably they are including those Finals MVP as well.

  • grgeblck

    try is the right word.

  • grgeblck

    Didn’t expect this from LakeShow.

  • LakeShow

    Didn’t say I liked it.