L.A. Times: As Lakers fans well know, wherever he goes, Kobe is the main man and it’s no different with the U.S. basketball team.

Winter, summer, in a Lakers uniform or that of the U.S. team, it’s still all Kobe, all the time. . . .

He’s not just a Lakers obsession, now he belongs to the world, or at least international basketball, and just in time with the U.S. expected to mop up the competition in FIBA’s Tournament of the Americas that begins today — We’re back! — if only because there isn’t any.

Argentina, which won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, won’t have Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni or Fabricio Oberto. Brazil, which upended the U.S. in the 2002 World Games, won’t have Anderson Varejao.

Even with the U.S. team’s new humility that comes from winning their last gold medal in 2000, followed by embarrassments in one Olympics and two World Games, the Americans are expected to be OK here, needing only to finish in the top two to qualify for next summer’s Olympics in Beijing.

On the floor, this unofficially became another of Bryant’s teams in its televised intrasquad game when he shut down LeBron James at the end and hit the game-winning shot.

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  • magicbalala245

    KEEP DONG YOU THANG BRYYANT AND KEEP REPPING LAKERS FOR LYFE I HOPE

  • keep24

    In 2004, no one even talked about USA basketball. No one cared. But now, look at all the attention it’s getting.

    That’s what KB can do!

    I hope you’re sober and paying attention Dr. Buss!!!!!

  • double

    Duh.

  • Michael_23

    Wow. Tonight! ESPN Classic channel. 8 pm Pacfic time.

    Lebron and Kobe on the same team. Awesome. It’s like having 2 Jordans. (except 1 is the better defender, ya’ll know who I’m talkin about. Yep, All-Defensive team last season, KB!)

  • foxxy

    STAR OF ALL STARS…KOBE “BEAN” BRYANT….YOU SHINE THE BRIGHTEST…

  • keep24

    [quote comment=”12413″]Lebron and Kobe on the same team. Awesome. It’s like having 2 Jordans. (except 1 is the better defender, ya’ll know who I’m talkin about. Yep, All-Defensive team last season, KB!)[/quote]

    Please refrain from putting LeBron and Kobe in the same sentence. The little prince is not worthy of such honor.

    On the same team??? They’re not even in the same league.

    F@%& LeBron!!!!

  • MILO

    keep24, you are absolutely right! people should not be puting LeBron and the king (KOBE) in the same sentence.But you are wrong in one thing, LeBron is no prince he’s just a princess! an ugly @SS one at that ha! ha! PUL (POINTING UP LAUGHING)

  • LA_LAKER FAN

    The Lakers front office is so inept. Peirce said “I want help” and he got KG and Ray Allen. Kobe said “I want help” and he got Derek Fisher, Chris Mihm, and Cobe Karl. No wonder Kobe wants out.

  • keep24

    [quote comment=”12433″]But you are wrong in one thing, LeBron is no prince he’s just a princess! an ugly @SS one at that ha! ha! PUL (POINTING UP LAUGHING)[/quote]

    My bad! How could I’ve missed that?

    LeBron has spoken more about wanting to be the richest and most powerful player than he has about winning.

    As crazy as Kobe is, I’ve never heard him, NOT ONCE, heard him talk about money. He loves the game – but for some reason the NBA and the media don’t love him back.

    MJ, D-Fake, Shaq and Princess could kill someone on live TV and get away with it. Kobe could sneeze and not say “excuse me” and he’d be hanged for it. He just does not get a fair shake in the media.

    Unfortunately, he doesn’t help his own cause by behaving the way that he does.

  • keep24

    [quote comment=”12435″]The Lakers front office is so inept. Peirce said “I want help” and he got KG and Ray Allen. Kobe said “I want help” and he got Derek Fisher, Chris Mihm, and Cobe Karl. No wonder Kobe wants out.[/quote]

    Dr. Buss picked the worst time possible for transferring the team over to his kids.

    The fall of the Laker Dynasty will be known for these huge mistakes:

    1. Loss of Jerry West:( he did not want to deal with the Cabbage Patch Kids) – can you blame the guy?

    2. Mitch Kupchak: For not wanting to be a GM, instead, acting as the family mouth piece. Enjoy the paychecks, Mitch!!!

    Take a look at the list of players that he missed in the draft:

    a. Tony Parker
    b. Manu Ginobli
    c. Carlos Boozer ( both in draft and as free agent)

    there are like 5 more all stars that I have left out. And, I won’t talk about missed trades either.

    3. Jeannie Buss: ( you know the old saying – don’t s#$t where you eat.) Phil Jackson is the wrong coach for this team.

    4. Getting nothing but soft players and bad contracts for Shaq. Just look at what other teams are asking for their so called franchise players.

    5. KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE: If he goes, so does the franchise. Once in a life time player.

    There will be plenty of D-Fakes, and LeBrons and god knows there will be plenty of Bynums, but only one KB24.

    Imagine what Seattle would have been if only they drafted MJ?

    You’re only one bad mistake away from losing it ALL !!!

    Heads up Dr. Buss, or better yet, Dr. DoLittle!!!!!

  • foxxy

    WHO KNOWS….KOBE MAY BE THE SAVIOR FOR THIS SINKING FRANCHISE….WHAT KOBE DID IN MAY WAS WAKE THOSE DEAD HEADS UP IN THE FRONT OFFICE….IS ANY BODY HOME?????? HE MIGHT HAVE TRIED TALKING IN A BUSINESS MANNER LONG BEFORE LATE MAY,BUT NO ONE WANTED TO LISTEN…SO WHAT DOES HE DO????HOLLER IT!!!!!DID HE GET ANYONES ATTENTION???/WELL, WE WILL JUST HAVE TO SEE COME TRAINING CAMP. I WOULD HATE IF KOBE LEAVES …BUT AGAIN…I AINT MAD AT HIM EITHER…I UNDERSTAND HIS DISGUST WITH THE ORGANIZATION RUNNING IN SUCH AN UNPROFESSIONAL WAY…EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE JERRY WEST LEFT…ITS BEEN A SLOW DECLINE FOR YEARS NOW. HE WAS THE ONE WHO KEPT IT ALL TOGETHER…WE AS LAKER FANS WANT THAT AGAIN….I AINT MAD AT KOBE…AT LEAST HE HAD THE BALLS TO SPEAK UP !!!!! HE GIVES IT HIS ALL EACH AND EVERY NIGHT OUT THERE ON THE FLOOR…HE NEVER DISAPOINTS US…NOW WHAT ARE THE LAKER ORG. GONNA GIVE HIM IN RETURN?????

  • foxxy

    LAKER FOR LIFE KOBE!!!!! ITS GONNA WORK OUT!!!!! STAY HERE IN LOS ANGELES WHERE YOU BELONG…NO ONE WILL APPRECIATE YOU THE WAY WE LAKER FANS DO….WE LOVE YOU EVEN WHEN WE LOSE…RIDE OR DIE…WE GOT YOUR BACK!!!!!

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