Kobe Selected for USA Basketball

Kobe Selected for USA Basketball

Postby hoopschick03 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:04 am

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sp ... 913970.php

Bryant chosen to play on USA Basketball team

By KEVIN DING
The Orange County Register

ORLANDO, FLA. – Kobe Bryant will make his dream come true by representing the United States for the first time as one of the core members of the next USA Basketball team.

Bryant told The Register on Friday night that USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo informed him he will be on the team that plays this summer in Japan and should qualify for the 2008 Olympics in China.

USA Basketball plans to announce 6-12 core players within the next few weeks.

"He (Colangelo) said he and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) are excited to have me play on the team," Bryant said.

Bryant is the first player to be identified publicly as a member of the team that Colangelo has billed as "the first national team ever selected." After meeting recently with Colangelo, Bryant said he came away thrilled about the opportunity that awaits him in international play.
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Postby KB24 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:09 am

:jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:
finally he can crush those europeans and argentine and whatever. The best player gets the first invitation :bow:
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Postby Camilo on Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:22 am

:bow: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:!!!!FINALLY!!! :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :bow:
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Postby simpleomahadude on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:16 am

well that definitely makes up Shaq's mind about coming to the olympic team.
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Postby MarkMadsen on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:25 am

germany and dirk just forfeited.
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Postby NeoSoul on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:26 am

They better send a more rounded team this time too. One like this:

Amare
J. O'Neal
KG
Bosh
Brand
Bron
Kobe
Wade
Redd
Ray
Kidd
Billups

A team with a true PG, shooters, slashers, scorers, defenders, and agile big men.
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Postby Heavier Than Heaven on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:29 am

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Postby HitEmUp on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:38 am

KB8@CL wrote::jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:
finally he can crush those europeans and argentine and whatever. The best player gets the first invitation :bow:
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Postby Triumph Jelani on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:39 am

:man5: i'm less than thrilled about this, but then again, he will be having long summers any way.
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Postby b8 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:39 am

Kobe's gonna give out the purple and bringing home the gold.
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Postby HitEmUp on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:47 am

b8 wrote:Kobe's gonna give out the purple and bringing home the gold.
haha well said :jam2:
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Postby KB24 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:47 am

This is my lineup
Billups / Paul / Wade
Kobe / Redd /
LeBron / Artest /
Amare / Dwight /Bosh
Jermaine / Okafor


IMO this team has shooting, defense, bangers and is fairly young and will probably peak untill 2008 (when the olympics start)
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Postby strikemode14 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:17 pm

My lineup

Lebron/Paul/Iverson*
Allen/Redd
Kobe/Wade/Melo
Amare/Howard/Bosh
Duncan/Jermaine/Okafor.

*Iverson will be kinda old by then but, the USA team committee has interest in him already so that is why I added him on the list.
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Postby Lakerfan36 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:19 pm

:jam2: :jam2: :bow:
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Postby Triumph Jelani on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:25 pm

strikemode14 wrote:My lineup

Lebron/Paul/Iverson*
Allen/Redd
Kobe/Wade/Melo
Amare/Howard/Bosh
Duncan/Jermaine/Okafor.

*Iverson will be kinda old by then but, the USA team committee has interest in him already so that is why I added him on the list.




thats better because of allen & redd. we would fair better by putting LO in the mix. but I guess LO will have to be on the floor without Kobe if we expect chemistry to be a factor. :mhihi:
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Postby S.R.05 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:27 pm

i hope shaq is invited...maybe they can put all the bs aside finally for the good of the national team

but probably not
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Postby strikemode14 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:33 pm

Showtime.Revival.05 wrote:i hope shaq is invited...maybe they can put all the bs aside finally for the good of the national team

but probably not


Shaq probaly be retired by then.
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Postby RJ on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:47 pm

KB8@CL wrote:This is my lineup
Billups / Paul / Wade
Kobe / Redd /
LeBron / Artest /
Amare / Dwight /Bosh
Jermaine / Okafor


IMO this team has shooting, defense, bangers and is fairly young and will probably peak untill 2008 (when the olympics start)


Need shooters bro. :man8:
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Postby the MDE on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:55 pm

The one thing I am worried about is him getting injured or fatigued. I would be fine with him just resting for the summer.
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Postby hdtvset on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:15 pm

I thought Duncan said he would not play for USA team again. :man3:
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Postby KB24 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:16 pm

RJ 21 wrote:
KB8@CL wrote:This is my lineup
Billups / Paul / Wade
Kobe / Redd /
LeBron / Artest /
Amare / Dwight /Bosh
Jermaine / Okafor


IMO this team has shooting, defense, bangers and is fairly young and will probably peak untill 2008 (when the olympics start)


Need shooters bro. :man8:

So Billups? Kobe? Bron? of course a Micheal Redd would also fit fine.
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Postby Triumph Jelani on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:22 pm

KB8@CL wrote:
RJ 21 wrote:
KB8@CL wrote:This is my lineup
Billups / Paul / Wade
Kobe / Redd /
LeBron / Artest /
Amare / Dwight /Bosh
Jermaine / Okafor


IMO this team has shooting, defense, bangers and is fairly young and will probably peak untill 2008 (when the olympics start)


Need shooters bro. :man8:

So Billups? Kobe? Bron? of course a Micheal Redd would also fit fine.




its the age old debate of shooters & scorers and you listed scorers.
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Postby it's showtime on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:25 pm

Great news. :jam2:

Billups/Kidd
Kobe/Wade/Allen
LeBron/T-Mac
KG/Amare/JO
Duncan/Big Ben

but of course not everyone will participate as usual. :man5:
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Postby DMK on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:26 pm

My lineup would be... Dream Team 3.

Shaquille/Duncan
KG/Amar'e/Jermaine
Tmac/Lebron/Marion
Kobe/Wade/Allen/Peirce
AI/Kidd/Billups

If i could personally select a team to win, that would prolly be it. Great news for Kobe, i knew he would be selected... both Coach K and Colangelo love kobe.

Just another step to rebuilding "The Kobe" :mhihi:
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Postby KB24 on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:29 pm

DMK wrote:My lineup would be... Dream Team 3.

Shaquille/Duncan
KG/Amar'e/Jermaine
Tmac/Lebron/Marion
Kobe/Wade/Allen/Peirce
AI/Kidd/Billups

If i could personally select a team to win, that would prolly be it. Great news for Kobe, i knew he would be selected... both Coach K and Colangelo love kobe.

Just another step to rebuilding "The Kobe" :mhihi:
thats for 2008 you know that?
Shaq in 3 years? KG? AI? thats an old team IMO.
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