Bryant still hopes to play in Worlds
DENVER – Kobe Bryant said he’s still planning to play for Team USA in this summer’s World Championships – if his health permits.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade announced recently they’re leaning toward skipping the World Championships in Turkey. Both will be free agents this summer and have cited business and family commitments as reasons why they might not play.
When asked Thursday if he plans to play, Bryant said: “As far as I know.
Obviously, I got a couple of health issues, one being a cracked finger.
We’ll see how it goes.”
Bryant said he had no problem with James and Wade not playing.
“They’re grown men,” Bryant said. “They make their own decisions. At the
end of the day, they’re going to listen to what their bodies are
telling them and make that call. But it’s something I won’t talk to them
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo recently told Yahoo!
Sports that any player who skips prior Team USA commitments “without a
legit issue” does so with the risk they might be passed over for the
2012 London Olympics. Colangelo’s comments didn’t go over well with
James, who cited his lengthy commitment to USA Basketball.