The 2012 Olympics Team USA popularly known as the Redeem team was a dominant force in the London Olympics where Kobe Bryant was the oldest member of. Led by a young LeBron James, the team went on to be undefeated in the entire tournament and amazed fans all around the world.
Tyson Chandler along with Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and many more were part of the legendary team. Chandler, in a recent interview, talked about how Kobe fit in with the rest of the crew who were much younger than the NBA legend.
Tyson Chandler reveals Kobe’s hilarious reaction to teammates’ fun
Tyson Chandler, on the 196th episode of Showtime Basketball, spoke about the personalities that made up the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympics squad. He talked about LeBron, Carmelo, Durant, Westbrook, and others and was later asked if Kobe was the “grumpy old man” of the bunch.
To which the Birdman replied, “Yup. Yup. Kob was the older dude that wasn’t trying to hear all that laughing and joking.” indicating the serious attitude of the Black Mamba. It is to be expected given that Kobe was much older than the rest of the crew, 10 years older than most of them and 14 years older than the youngest member on board, Anthony Davis.
Tyson also talked about how Kobe would not understand some of the new lingo the young members used which developed with changing generations. Kobe Bryant was like a mentor to the group which kept them in check and maintained their mentality on the court. He was undoubtedly an essential part of the team throughout their success at the tournament.
How many Olympic golds does Kobe Bryant have?
Kobe Bryant has had a decorated career as a basketball athlete. He accomplished a lot and cemented himself as one of the greatest ever to have graced the game. He is widely considered as an NBA legend and as a potential candidate for the GOAT debate. The Mamba has won a total of 2 Olympic gold medals with Team USA in the years 2008 and 2012 respectively.
In both the Olympics he participated in, Kobe he was a key player for the squad contributing a huge amount of value to the team. He also made it into the All-tournament team in the 2008 Olympics and added another achievement to his already huge collection. He has also won five NBA championships, two NBA finals MVP and one NBA MVP award which arguably make him the greatest basketball player of all time.
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