Kobe Bryant can get hot with the best of them; and when he does, it’s a beautiful thing to watch. He puts in so much work to be the player he is, and at this point is probably beyond the “gym rat” label.
By now, most of us know of his explosion against Australia on Wednesday night. Bryant scored 20 points in the second half alone to push the USA to victory in the quarterfinals, which included a flurry of threes.
According to Inside Hoops, Kobe Bryant was drug tested after the game:
So what was Kobe Bryant’s reward for his 20-point second-half outburst in Team USA’s quarterfinal victory over Australia on Wednesday night? An Olympic drug test.
According to a source, Bryant was the USA player chosen to take the mandatory random drug test after the late-night contest and was unable to ride back to the team hotel with his teammates. With the game beginning at 10:15 p.m. here, Bryant didn’t arrive back at the hotel until 2 a.m.
The report says this was a “mandatory random drug test”, but you can’t help but wonder how random it truly was. The Black Mamba got really hot really quick, and the Olympic officials must have been taking notice.
All of this being said, let’s keep in mind that team USA was playing Australia, a team with only one significant name on it in Patty Mills. Even still, Mills is not anywhere close to the level of any of the USA players. Had they lost to Australia, or any team for that matter, it would have been an unbelievable disappointment.
I guess this is your gift for scoring 20 points in a half, Kobe! Well, that and maybe a gold medal.
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