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.
U.S. 800m runner Nick Symmonds‘ right shoulder is apparently twice as valuable as his left shoulder.
The two-time Olympian auctioned ad space on his body for a second straight Olympic summer, with the final bid at $21,800 for nine square inches on his right shoulder in an Ebay auction that ended Thursday afternoon.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere‘s Twitter account claimed the winning bid of 107 overall bids.
In 2012, Symmonds auctioned the same nine inches on his left shoulder for $11,100 to Hanson Dodge Creative, a marketing agency based in Milwaukee. Here’s what that temporary tattoo looked like.
Symmonds’ temporary tattoo was not visible during the 2012 Olympics or 2012 Olympic Trials, as rules mandate the advertisement is taped over in those events plus other IAAF competitions.
Symmonds, 32, finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics and second at the 2013 World Championships.
He was left off the 2015 World Championships roster, after winning the national title, after refusing to sign a USA Track and Field contract that required athletes to wear Nike-branded Team USA gear at team functions at Worlds.
Symmonds’ apparel sponsor has been Brooks since January 2014. He was previously a Nike-sponsored Oregon Track Club member for seven years.
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Karch Kiraly will continue as U.S. women’s volleyball team head coach through the 2020 Olympics, agreeing to a four-year contract renewal.
“It’s been a tremendous honor to lead this special group of intelligent, powerful, hard-working, dedicated women, and the great staff that supports them — and it’s a double honor to prepare for battle at the Rio Olympics, knowing we’ll have the opportunity to carry that work forward in the next quadrennial,” Kiraly said in a press release.
Kiraly, the only U.S. volleyball player to earn indoor and beach Olympic titles, took over after serving on Hugh McCutcheon‘s staff from 2009 through the 2012 Olympics, where the U.S. women took silver behind Brazil.
Kiraly then led the U.S. women to their first World or Olympic title in 2014. They are ranked No. 1 in the world ahead of China and Brazil.
The program has gone 50 years with zero Olympic golds and broke a 62-year World Championship drought in 2014.
Kiraly, 55, is set to become the first coach of multiple U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball teams since Terry Liskevych from 1988 through 1996.
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