Great article on Kobe. To think, this is the first time he will put on a jersey outside of a Lakers or All-Star jersey since high school. Great stuff in here including talk about Kobe’s mentality, work ethic, and hunger.
ESPN: A seriously slimmed-down Kobe Bryant sat at a steakhouse table at the Wynn resort here with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and head honcho Jerry Colangelo on Tuesday night and made one simple, strategic request.
“Coach, I’m ready,” Bryant declared, according to Colangelo. “And I want the best player on the other team every single night.”
Despite reportedly being slimmed down, Kobe is ready to go according to Colangelo and others:
“His competitive juices are really flowing, and that’s indicative of where he is,” said Colangelo, who said Bryant told him he had dropped 19 pounds since the NBA season ended while getting in shape for his first summer with the national team.
“Kobe is in the best state of mind you could want a player to be in. I think we’re catching him just right. We look at his toughness and his ability to be a big factor with this group,” Colangelo told ESPN.com.