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Kobe Bryant is entering what many believe is the final season of his NBA career in 2015-16 and just because the Lakers aren’t a candidate to win an NBA Championship it doesn’t mean that Bryant can’t close his career out as a winner.
This week Team USA held a 34-player mini camp in Las Vegas and though Kobe wasn’t there, a chance still remains that he could play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Bryant has told Jerry Colangelo that he is interested in playing for the squad next year stating that he would “love to ride off into the sunset” with a third gold medal.
The Black Mamba also made it clear that he doesn’t want to be handed a spot, instead he wants to earn it like everyone else. Via ESPN:
“I was quoted on Kobe,” Colangelo said after USA Basketball’s intrasquad scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center. “In response to a question about him, I said it would be a great story if he did [play in Rio].
“And so, he also mentioned to me in a private conversation that if he had his druthers, he would love to ride off into the sunset playing one more time and winning the gold medal. And that would be the end. But he was very quick to say, ‘But, I don’t want a spot. I need to earn the spot. I need to be capable of playing at that level to be considered.’ And I said, ‘You got that. That’s always there for you, Kobe.'”