Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/11/12

Kobe Bryant waves as the 2009 NBA Champion Lakers celebrate their 15th NBA Championship with a parade in Los Angeles on June 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) Photo via Newscom

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Ya’ll just won’t let my Kobe be great this summer huh? When Kobe gets hot, he’s unstoppable. Bryant was struggling the first half of the game against Australia,but when the second half hit, he didn’t let up. “I kind of knew what button to push with him. I was talking to him at halftime and in the third quarter and I guess I pushed the button. He woke up and to see that, I’ve been on the other side of the ball and had that situation before,” teammate Carmelo Anthony said. But Kobe says by that point he was ready. “He was just saying, ‘Let’s see what we see during the season.’ But by that point, I was already revved up,” Bryant said. ”Just kind of searching for something to get me going, for something that would activate the Black Mamba, as Coach calls it” During the second half Kobe made six consecutive 3 pointers, ending the night with 20 points. After the game, Bryant was selected to a mandatory “random” drug test which caused him not to ride back to the hotel with his teamm
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