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Kobe Bryant’s season has not been going great, to say the least. He’s been throwing down as if his life depended on it and his team is no better for it. In fact, one might argue that he is harming his team at the moment. Still, Kobe will be Kobe.
And as if it weren’t enough that he has been holding his Lakers hostage this entire season, he now wants to play for Team U.S.A. in the upcoming Olympics. And when you think about it, it actually makes more sense for him to play on the Olympic team than for the Lakers.
For one, the schedule will be much easier on his 38-year old body and he will be surrounded by the biggest stars from the league. He will also be facing much less serious opponents and he might actually bring something to the table. If you ask him, he would bring leadership and defense.
On the other hand, if you bring him to the Games, you have to leave someone off the team. And while Kobe has earned something of a send-off, it wouldn’t be fair to many NBA players who are more deserving of a place on the team. Knowing the Olympics and knowing business, we’ll probably be seeing Kobe suit up once more for Team U.S.A.