I haven’t watched much of Team USA during their pre-Olympic tune-ups, but the one time I did tune in, I was immediately repulsed by the Kobe Bryant love. The announcers were debating whether “Mamba” or “Dobermann” was the more appropiate nickname for the most overhyped, overrated player on the planet. Apparently, Kobe is playing defense in the Olympics.
“We know defense and rebounding wins championships, whether it’s the Olympics or the NBA,” Bryant said. “So we’re going to put a lot of emphasis on that.”
If I were a Lakers fan, I’d be pissed Kobe didn’t try the “defense” thing in the Finals (And please spare me the “strip” of Paul Pierce in Game 5 – we all know it was a blatant reach-in). Funny thing, I couldn’t find the “Dobermann” as Ray Allen and James Posey were knocking down 3s, nor could I find the “Mamba” as Pierce drained turnaround jumpers or sliced to the hoop.