LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are undoubtedly among the G.O.A.T contenders in the NBA. Not only that, these two American professionals are the amongst the greatest ever talents to embrace the NBA. Not only have they represented the same team, but have many characteristics in common which might have triggered a little-known beef during the 2008 Olympics. Which now has been sensationally revealed.
Hoop fans will be aware that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were two very close friends but it seems like they have had history to put back in the past. Now to talk about the specific incident, in his new book entitled Coach K, Ian O’Connor of SI provided a bit of a memoir for the colorful career of legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
One of the most interesting revelations from the book was about LeBron once demanding from Coach K that he “fix” Kobe Braynt during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
What was revealed by Ian O’Connor on LeBron James’ beef with Kobe Bryant
The 2008 USA BBall team that went for the Summer Olympic Games, included the likes of Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade amongst other stars. Evidently, the team cruised to clinch a gold medal after an 8-0 triumph throughout the round of games.
Despite this success, it seems like the basketball Men’s team surely had some internal issues that needed to be addressed as early as possible.
“Over time, Kobe felt reinvigorated by the unique challenge before him. He had been a pro for 10 years and appreciated the fact that Coach K was motivating him in a way that had nothing to do with money. But standards are standards, and suddenly on the night of Aug. 5, 2008, Bryant wasn’t meeting Team USA’s. He took a few loose shots in the second half against Australia—enough to draw the attention of his teammates. The U.S. won 87–76 but looked exceedingly beatable in doing so. The Americans were eager to get on with the Olympic tournament, and Kobe, apparently bored, seemed to be increasing the degree of difficulty on some attempts.
“Everyone knew it,” says one Team USA staffer. “They know when another player is being selfish. Players can police themselves, but in this instance, as LeBron was coming out of the game, he said to Mike, ‘Yo, Coach, you’d better fix that motherf—–,’ as he walks by. He was talking about Kobe.”
That being said, throughout his illustrious career Kobe Bryant has been criticised by some of his teammates for being a shoot-first player, who keeps the ball with himself. Surely, something which came to the USA Men’s basketball team as well in the 2008 Olympics. But fortunately, it did not hurt their gold medal triumph.