Blog Entry

Kobe, LeBron commit to USA for 2012 Olympics

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:27 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


Update: Miami Heat forward LeBron James tells the Associated Press that he too is in for the 2012 Olympics.

After years of careful planning and roster construction, USA Basketball restored world order by winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics thanks to the combined forces of All-Stars like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade. 

Those were simpler days. Back then, we could all sit around and bask in the Redeem Team's patriotic glory without knowing that The Decision was about to alter the NBA landscape forever. These days, we're left to sit cross-legged on the floor and pray for the return of basketball, as a lockout threatens the 2011-2012 season and could cast a shadow over the 2012 USA Olympics team.

Good news: reports that Bryant, for one, is ready to run it back at London 2012 regardless of the lockout.
Still, the 2012 roster will be comprised solely of NBA players. Kobe Bryant is a yes whatever happens, according to a source close to the 34-year-old; Bryant badly wants a second gold medal to go with the one he won in '08. Kevin Durant, who led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, would probably go if selected even if the lockout were still in place, a source close to him said Sunday. The source added, though, that circumstances could change in the next year. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have yet to have discussions about what they would do in case the lockout is ongoing, according to a source; ditto for LeBron James, according to another source with knowledge of James' thinking.
Of course Bryant is itching to go. No superstar has made it more clear through his actions and words that he is ready to hoop, work stoppage be damned.

Recently, we put together a list of prospective 2012 Team USA members and alternates, should the Heat trio decide to skip out. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:33 am

Kobe, LeBron commit to USA for 2012 Olympics

This is the same article as yesterday (including the picture of Kobe) except that the author has inserted Lebron James. I bet when a third NBA player commits to the team that Golliver will recycle this article yet again and he will still use the picture of Kobe. 

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:43 pm

Kobe, LeBron commit to USA for 2012 Olympics

 Kobe is 32.  Did he mean that Kobe will be 34 at the time of the olympics?

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:32 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

Kobe is a very smart individual. Of course he is going to reply positively when asked if he still is planning to play for Team USA at the next Olympics in London. Can anyone imagine the negative publicity he would have gotten if he said no he is not planning on playing? Even if the reasons were legit, with the lockout and the potential of a season being cancled, this was obviously very smart. As far as if he going to actually play, who knows? Durant should assume the mantle as USA's internantional star at the next Olympics, a mantle that is currently held by Kobe. It would be great if Kobe did play and handed the mantle to Durant, as he clealry has the star appeal for it and coming off the World Championships where he clearly carried the team, Durant is positioned perfectly to take it from Kobe. GO USA!

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:26 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

 I remember watching the '08 gold medal game, 4am Philly time.  Wade killed em with 20 in the first half and when everyone started to clam up and Spain tied it with 6 min to go, Kobe proved why he was the best around.  15 pts and 5 assists in the last 6 minutes to win the gold.  Good to have him back and hopefully the full roster will be willing to play.

Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:21 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

What is most amazing is that Tyson Chandler is the 2nd best american "5" . My the game has changed

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:10 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

Who are you Forest Gump stupid is stupid doe's what qualification doe's Bryant have to pick team USA. He is a player not a coach. Coach K has done a great job picking the talent and coaching the team to put the USA back in their rightful spot at the top of the world in the sport that we invented. If we want to stay their Coach K is the right person for the job he understands international basketball it is a completely different game than the NBA dosn't history show that.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:07 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

We need to get rid of D Williams for Rose. I dont care who for Druantula. Aldridge and Chandler would be nice. We need less guars and more big men next time.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:05 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

if I had to bet, I'd bet Durant will be there(I'm 100% sure of that)  Lebron and Wade will make some BS excuse why they can't go(100% of LBJ /80% of Wade)

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:35 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

Awesome. With Kobe's commitment to the USA 2012 team, it will spark more interest to other "All Star" caliber players too. Would love to see Durant, Melo, Jame, Wade, Bosh Rose, Ellis, Griffin, Howard and Curry on the USA team. If you have all these talent on a team and still not coming home with a gold medal, than it has to be something in the water in London, lol. Go team USA !!!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:21 pm

Kobe Bryant committed to USA for 2012 Olympics

While I'm not surprised that Stephen Curry is listed as a potential alternate I do find it interesting that the author forgot to add Anthony Randolph or Brandan Wright. Much had been said about one of them when they were with the Warriors and that one was even invited to train with the US team. What ever happened to them? Yes, I know they got traded. What I meant is what happened to their potential? Did it go by the way side after playing in Minnesota and New Jersey?

I think the powers that be should make Kobe Bryant captain and let him choose the players he wants to play with.  This would enable the players to play hard for their captain instead of just some bureaucrat whi picked them because they were the "sexy" pick. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or