Sunday , Jan , 18 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Team USA ‘all game’ for Kobe Bryant in 2010 and 2012

His comments are refreshing and also strategic. Other Team USA stars have concerns about giving up four summers in the name of international glory, especially after capturing gold in Beijing. Bryant is aware of their reservations and applying a little superstar peer pressure. By committing early, he is upping the ante for them to also join the national program …

Team USA 'all game' for Kobe Bryant in 2010 and 2012NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: Bryant said Wednesday night he is willing to commit to play for USA Basketball in 2010 at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Bryant expects to go for the gold again.

"The chance to represent your country, that’s not even a thought-process for me," Bryant said Wednesday. "If they want me to be on it, I’m all game." (OC Register, linked up to HoopsVibe News) 

Our Very Quick Analysis: Ah Kobe, Team USA wants you to be on it ( the roster). In fact, they’re all game, too.

Jokes aside, Bryant is in and wants to suit up for the Americans at the FIBA World Championships and Olympics. No wavering. No waffling. No grey area.

His comments are refreshing and also strategic. Other Team USA stars have concerns about giving up four summers in the name of international glory, especially after capturing gold in Beijing. Bryant is aware of their reservations and applying a little superstar peer pressure. By committing early, he is upping the ante for them to also join the national side.

Team USA is the real winner. They are getting the game’s best player and, as his comments show, a leader. Bottom line, dethroning a Bryant-led America from their basketball throne just got harder for the rest of the world.     

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