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Kobe Bryant calls David Stern’s proposal a “stupid idea”

  • Jason Whitney

Kobe Bryant calls David Stern’s proposal a “stupid idea”
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Kobe Bryant is on fire, and not the good fire we associate with draining jump shots. First, Kobe said the current USA team could beat the Deam Team, which drew the ire from former players and analysts. Then a few days ago, made fun of President Obama’s failed kiss attempt during their game against Brazil. So what did Kobe have on tap for an encore? How about calling his boss’s proposal to restrict NBA players over the age of 23 from participating in the Olympics a stupid idea. Oh boy.

“It’s a stupid idea,” Bryant told local news reporters at the reception to welcome them to Manchester in advance of Thursday night’s exhibition game against Team Great Britain. “It should be a (player’s) choice.”

Asked how much he and his Team USA teammates have talked about Stern’s proposal since getting together in Las Vegas on July 5, Bryant said: “Our discussion is this: Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we (discuss) it that way.”

For the record, if the proposal passes, this could be the last time we see a stacked USA basketball team play against other countries top competition. Kobe also went on to say, the reason the owners would want this is to protect their investments.

Maybe Kobe Bryant thinks he has another Olympic run in him after this year. For those not counting at home, Kobe would be 37 nearly 38-years-old when the Olympics comes back in four years.

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