Found July 18, 2012 on The Last Angry Fan:
Kobe Bryant is the elder statesman of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, and as such isn’t afraid to act as a leader on and off the court. He’s also willing to put some pressure on his teammates to perform at the upcoming London Olympic games, and, as he told the media on Wednesday, nothing short of a gold medal will be acceptable. And if Kobe had his way, should the obviously superior Team USA not win it all, there is but one recourse for their stunning failure…they have their U.S. citizenship revoked. Nothing like amping up the pressure there Kobe. Seeing that Kobe Bryant has absolutely no way of revoking his teammates citizenship should Team USA not win gold, I’m thinking this was just Kobe’s clever way of saying that the team is focused on the gold medal and nothing but the gold medal. [USA Today]
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Kobe Bryant Believes Team USA Players Should Lose Citizenship If They Don't Win Olympic Gold

The USA men's Olympic basketball team is littered with talent from wall to wall. So much so that team leader Kobe Bryant said that members of the USA team should have their citizenship revoked, should they return home from London with anything less than gold. Now, this is a little extreme for Bryant to say, although he has been very vocal since joining the squad out in Los Angeles...

Kiss CamGate: Kobe Bryant Pokes Fun at Obama for Kiss Cam Rejection During Team USA Exhibition

Following Team USA’s 80-69 win over Brazil on Monday night, President Obama called Kobe Bryant a “competitor” and said he expects “a little trash-talking whenever the opportunity arises” for the Los Angeles Lakers guard. Turns out, the President was right on the money. After Obama was dealt a small dose of rejection when First Lady [...]

Kobe Bryant on potential under-23 Team USA: ‘It’s a stupid idea, stupid’

Kobe Bryant and Mark Cuban do not agree when it comes to the Olympics. As you probably know, Cuban is the most enthusiastic Olympic hater in sports. He roots for Team USA to fail because he feels that the concept of allowing players who are under contract with NBA teams to risk injury in international competition is incredibly dumb. David Stern obviously agrees with Cuban in some...

Kyrie Irving Challenges Kobe Bryant to 1on1

Kobe responds with a $$$ wager. Details inside.

Poll Question: Should There be an Age Restriction on NBA Players Headed to the Olympics?

When Kobe Bryant caught wind that David Stern was tossing around the idea that members of team USA be age 23 or younger, he called the idea “stupid.” Calm down, Mr. Bryant, this isn’t the worst idea the commissioner has proposed. Kobe Bryant and David Stern don’t see eye to eye on a potential age restriction for Olympic basketball players. (Image credit: Kevork Djansezian...

Current Dream Team vs. the 1992 Dream Team:

This is a little bit of old news at this point, but Kobe Bryant let it be known that he thought the current version of the Dream Team could beat the original Dream Team. My initial thought was to scoff at him completely; it’s one thing if he wanted to compare the team that was planned for the Olympics, but now that Rose, Dwight, et al there seems to be a sizable gap. Rather than...

Lakers won't use amnesty provision on World Peace

The Lakers declined to use their "amnesty" provision before Tuesday's deadline, meaning Metta World Peace can keep partying. The team could have waived him without having to pay luxury taxes on his salary, though the Lakers decided against it. World Peace, 32, has two more years and 15 million left on his contract. As per terms of the new collective-bargaining agreement...

Hubris makes this Team USA unlikeable

This may ruffle a few feathers, many will call me un-American or some other crazy name, but I have grown to dislike this years version of Team USA. Why you ask? Hubris. Hubris is defined as an overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. Let’s be honest, that pretty much defines 80% of this Team USA roster. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin (he was a part...

Lin's exit surprises Knicks players

Mike D'Antoni was there for the start of Linsanity, Kobe Bryant on the wrong end of its greatest highlight. Neither imagined next season opening without Jeremy Lin on the New York Knicks. ''No. Not when the kicker was they can match. I'm thinking, for sure,'' said former Knicks coach D'Antoni on Wednesday before the U.S. Olympic team practiced. '...
Lakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.