Kobe Bryant says he won't play in 2016 Olympics

Kobe Bryant says he won't play in Rio. (USATSI)
Kobe Bryant says he won't play in Rio. (USATSI)

Lakers star Kobe Bryant told reporters Monday he will definitely not play in the 2016 Olympics for Team USA in Rio. 

Bryant will be 38 in 2016, and for a shooting guard that needs his elevation to get his shot off, that's going to be an issue at that point.

Bryant was more or less a role player on the 2012 gold medal team after being the focal point in 2008. He continues his recovery from a fractured tibia he suffered only weeks after returning from an Achilles tear. 

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