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The word on Kobe Bryant from his Olympic teammates: respect


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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted August 22, 2008 - 10:20 PM

The Beijing Olympics may initially be known for Michael Phelps' strength and Usain Bolt's speed, but, among American sports fans, no memory will prove as indelible as Kobe Bryant's redemption.

It's here. It's done. It will be officially completed on Sunday when the U.S. reclaims a gold medal against overmatched Spain, but, in terms of the one thing Bryant had lost, it's already happened.

The Olympics will only give Phelps and Bolt fame.

The Olympics have given Bryant the more enduring gift of respect.

Seven games down, one remaining, and longtime Bryant watchers are hearing the most unusual things.

Players speaking glowingly of him. Players speaking kindly of him.

Players who once universally distrusted him, well, they like him. They really like him.

The sort of All-Star team that once froze him out now follows him, gaining energy from his defense, making it their mantra.

Every game, Bryant has been the first player in a defensive stance, the first guy guarding the opponent in the backcourt, squatting and straining alone in front of four guys who have no choice but to imitate.


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#2 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted August 22, 2008 - 10:23 PM

Damn Datsun. If there was a TLN award for the first to post articles about anything, you would definitely get it. :rock: Anyway, it's always good to hear what they got to say about Kobe Bryant and glad to see everyone giving him the respect he deserves.

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Posted August 23, 2008 - 10:20 AM

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Posted August 25, 2008 - 02:40 AM

Imagine what they say now after the gold medal game...

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#5 ReaListik

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Posted August 25, 2008 - 09:17 AM

Absolutely it should be respect. He's the best the world has to offer and he showed it in a way very reminiscent of what MJ used to do. It sent chills down my spine to watch the 4th quarter unravel, and even with all the best players in the country on the same team, they deferred to Kobe when it became crunch time. Every significant play was set up by him in that 4th in order to take over the game to save it.

That was an unforgettable performance, and now I think it's blatantly obvious who the best in the world is, and any sports writer or columnist that hates on him at this point looks ridiculous because it was so obvious that the teammates wanted him to take over. Even coach K told him to "release the black mamba" lol

Respect just about sums it up.
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Posted August 25, 2008 - 09:19 AM

You Better RESPECT

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#7 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 25, 2008 - 09:20 AM

Aside from some of the stuff he said to the press regarding non-olympic stuff (which may or may not have been slanted by reporters), Kobe was 100% class in Beijing.

It was so awesome to watch him coexist with everyone... and to be so honored to do so.

Really a good scene all around.




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