Thursday , Nov , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant: ‘ready to defend’ Olympic gold in 2012

Kobe Bryant has told United States basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski that he’ll play in the 2012 Olympics in London if the program wants him there.

Bryant was a guest on Krzyzewski’s SIRIUS XM radio show Tuesday when the Duke coach asked the Lakers’ star about London. "You guys want me there, I am there and I’m ready to defend," Bryant said. "And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board, I’ll do that, too."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Unlike his superstar peers, Kobe Bryant gets it.

The greatest basketball player in the world gets the importance of representing his country on the world’s greatest stage.

There’s no half-hearted excuse. There’s no phantom injury. And, most importantly, there’s no BS.

He’s ‘there’ and ready to defend.

With Bryant donning the stars-and-stripes, Team USA will be favoured to repeat as Olympic Champions in London.

After all, they have the scheme. Coach Mike Krzyewski, through preaching discipline and teamwork, led an undermanned American squad to first place at this summer’s FIBA World Championship.

Of course, Bryant was injured. If healthy, he’d have played.

So expect Coach K and the powers that be at Team USA to accept Bryant’s offer.

–Oly Sandor.

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