The “Doberman” you ask. Well this should explain it. We shall now call him… “DOBE!”

ESPN: The other two items, however, were true rarities, and Kobe Bryant’s shutting down of Jasikevicius was one of the biggest eye-openers, as Team USA handled Lithuania with relative ease in a 120-84 victory that wrapped up the Macau portion of its pre-Olympic tour.

“That’s what I do,” said Bryant, who gave himself a new nickname: “The Doberman.”

The best piece of defensive work was performed by Bryant, who was all over Jasikevicius the same way he was against Leandro Barbosa of Brazil last summer during the Tournament of the Americas. The box score listed just three turnovers for the former member of the Pacers and Warriors, but the count on press row was more like seven or eight.

This is the same Jasikevicius who burned the Americans four years ago in Athens by burying seven 3-pointers and scoring 28 points in an opening-round victory over the U.S. And although it has only been four years since then, so thorough was the job Bryant did on Jasikevicius, he made him look like a player 10 years past his prime.

“He had a great game against us a few years ago, and he was real brash about it, trash talking and things of that nature. So it’s my responsibility to bring it to him,” Bryant said. “He reminded me of it, so we sicced the Doberman on him.”

No word yet on whether Bryant will be assigned to guard the best player on each of those teams — 7-footers Andrei Kirilenko and Andrew Bogut. But there’s no doubting the fact that the Doberman is up to the challenge, and as Boozer said as he stepped into the service elevator leading to the team bus: “Kobe can stop anybody.”

  • Lakers 24 7

    GIT EM DOBE GIT EM!! SICC EM!!!

    “THE MAMBA DOBE” STRIKES AGAIN !!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    That’s funny ’cause I have a Doberman tatooed on my arm,IT’S A LEO THANG!!!

  • lskerfan567

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    hes a dawg now, []D[]V[][][]D

  • dom3983

    Doberman is funny. I think I like that better than Mamba. That Mamba name doesnt seem good enough and never liked.

  • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

    “The Doberman” and “The Machine”. BFFs.

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 The Nugget

    That’s the greatest Photoshop I’ve ever seen.

  • xxv112002

    The “Doberman” just gave us a taste of what could have been with him and “The Warrier” playing along side each other. WOW. Think about it. Two Dobermans on one team. Last time I witnessed that was when the Bulls won 6 Championships! Hopefully we get Artest as a Free Agent next year. Shut em down dogg! SHUT EM DOWN!

  • Lakersno834

    I like the Black Mamba better..

    Shaq = Superman
    Kobe

  • True Lakers Fan

    haha wat next pitbull

  • Parich

    Hmm…Kirilenko is 6’9″, not 7 feet tall.

  • west213

    lol guys imagine MAMBA and Doberman bread… lmaooooo

  • Ko8e_f@n

    hahaha… talk about bad photoshop-ing :P

  • DCLAKER

    KOBE’S NEW THEME MUSIK,

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    OMG, lol, best photoshop job ever. I’m just kidding.

    -Brittnay

  • Sako

    LMAO at the picture

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