This is awesome. Sounds like Kobe is set to lead our entire country and bring back the Gold this summer. He’s earning a lot of respect through his peers as well…
Yahoo! Sports: Meanwhile, a few steps down the hall in an adjacent ballroom, another Yankees fan sat in front of his own set of cameras. Kobe Bryant’s questioners numbered about half as those surrounding James and none of them asked him about New York’s transit system or the name of his favorite rapper. (A guess: Not Shaq.)
James was King of New York on this day, and likely will stay such for some time. Bryant didn’t seem to mind being upstaged, nor should he. His fiefdom remains intact. Make no mistake: As brilliantly as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul have played, as much as this young generation of NBA stars has emboldened USA Basketball, this Redeem Team, these Olympics, belong to Kobe.
Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball’s managing director, and his coach, Mike Krzyzewski, can talk all they want about three-year commitments and chemistry. If he’s lucky, Coach K might even be able to mine another Amex commercial from this gig. But they also know better. This Olympic team has a better chance to bring home the gold medal because it has Kobe Bryant. The failed squads from the 2002 World Championships, ’04 Olympics and ’06 Championships didn’t.
Bryant won’t carry a captain’s title for Team USA because Krzyzewski has no plans to name captains. Bryant and James, he said, are natural leaders. Their teammates already know who to follow.