Kobe getting major props here. And its 100% accurate imo. I was happy to read this. The line in the 2nd to last paragraph made me jump out my seat and be like dayyyyyum!
I didnt see it posted. Story came out yesterday and usually all you guys are right on it...lol. So sorry if its here somewhere.
Have you noticed? The world just doesn't seem to hate the U.S. men's national basketball team quite the way it once did.
It's understandable, seeing as our demeanor isn't as hate-inspiring. There was a time when we showed up thinking that the names on the backs of the jerseys, as much as the three letters on the front, would take care of business. The world noticed, ultimately made us pay for that arrogance and reveled in seeing it.
That was then. USA's basketball dominance has been reestablished now. If there was any question, the just-completed romp in the FIBA World Cup for another gold medal answered it (129-92 win over Serbia). While the names on the back were still notable, none served as the cornerstone of every victory.
It was a collective, mix-and-match effort. And while this year's squad apparently drew inspiration from hearing that Spain was favored over it in some circles, the reason the U.S. can once again claim undisputed rights to the basketball throne is because we, as a basketball nation, showed some respect, not because we were deprived of it.
That much is clear. The current national program works harder, prepares better and, arguably, cares more. Who deserves the most credit for creating this new image, not only within the program but also to the world at large?
The answer, at least for some, is the man who is not exactly known for readily acknowledging that anyone is on his level: Kobe Bean Bryant.
Rest of story in link:http://bleacherrepor...ign=programming
Edited by LakersGAFan, September 16, 2014 - 04:33 AM.