Welcome back to my Olympic diary. I just left the opening ceremony and it was awesome. China did a great job with the torch lighting and the fireworks.
But the one thing we all learned is Kobe (Bryant) is the most popular player here, maybe the most popular athlete at the Olympics. The crowd was chanting his name, "Kobe, Kobe," and the volunteers who were supposed to be guiding us were trying to get autographs. It is so out of control with Kobe that LeBron James cracked, "I thought I was famous until I got here with Kobe." Kobe is big here in China.
Kobe is also (my daughter) Lauren's favorite player. Kobe has been playing with her since we've been here; I think he is missing his kids. Her favorites words are "up, up," because she likes to be picked up and Kobe has been giving her lifts. But I told Lauren, there is only so high you can go. I'm 6-foot-5, Kobe is 6-6 and my husband, Michael, is 6-6.