Kobe Bryant almost played under Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, tried to lure him to the Lakers in 2004, and won two Olympic golds under him in Beijing and London. But it seems USA Basketball rehiring Coach K still won’t be enough for Kobe to sign up for another Olympics cycle.
“No, that’s not going to happen,” Bryant told ESPNLA Monday. “I don’t see that happening.”
That’s not really a surprise, especially now that Kobe has been hampered with an Achilles injury that might knock him out for part of next season, and because Kobe will turn 38 years old right after the Rio Olympic tournament in 2016.
But given Kobe’s competitive drive, it’s surprising to hear him count out the Olympics this early in the cycle. Of course, he may not even be in the NBA in three years, as he continues to consider retirement.
“To be honest with you, man,” Kobe added. “I love the game, but there’s something about lying in the bed or sitting on the couch and watching a kid’s movie that’s just much more enjoyable.”
By that time Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade will all be in their thirties, and might leave the Olympics to the next generation: namely Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.