By now, most people across the world are aware that this season will be the final one for Kobe Bryant in the NBA.
Bryant, however, has not hidden his desire to play for Team USA this summer, which could lead to a difficult decision for USA Basketball Managing Director, Jerry Colangelo.
Going out with a gold medal would be an excellent way for Kobe to end his basketball career, especially with the Lakers likely being a lottery team again this season.
Kobe appeared on the Mike and Mike radio show and again expressed his desire to play for Team USA if his body is willing:
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) December 4, 2015
Colangelo also spoke about the possibility of Kobe playing with USA Today’s Sam Amick, and kept all possibilities open, noting that while Kobe has built up a ton of equity, could leave off a high level NBA superstar:
Colangelo: "If someone is left off the team, like Kawhi Leonard or Paul George…you have to weigh that fairness." https://t.co/m95g2vtvei
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 4, 2015
No one is quite sure which way Colangelo is leaning with this decision, but he is correct in that it will be a very difficult one. Colangelo said this season’s play, as well as health and built-up equity with Team USA will all be weighed in making the final decision.
Kobe is up against some serious competition for a spot as along with the aforementioned Leonard and George, players such as Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving are possibilities for the final roster.