Kobe Bryant on reclaiming Olympic Basketball glory at Beijing 2008 | Throwback Thursday

Kobe Bryant on reclaiming Olympic Basketball glory at Beijing 2008 | Throwback Thursday


I remember being very excited. I had never experienced it before and so coming into the opening ceremonies I was just like this is amazing because you have all the top athletes [in] the world [all] in one place and I Remember [it] just being a surreal experience Playing the Olympics ooh yeah, I think What was different was being in the Olympic Village? You know because when you’re in the cafeterias is this massive cafeteria, and you look around you have Some of the best in the world at what they do So for me that that’s that’s even more special than being out in La and seeing celebrities walking around Because it’s athlete to athlete like I understand what they just put their [body] through to get here And so there’s so much mutual respect and admiration when we lost in 2004 There was a heavy blow for us This [is] a sport that we’ve dominated for years and I think you know there’s there’s a lot of beauty and the fact that we lost because it means that the game is growing So much, and there’s so many countries out there that are playing and playing at a high level But at the same time I was like, okay alright. That’s beautiful, and now we want it back We want it back so 2008 was about that. It was about kind of reclaiming You know we feel we started I Couldn’t wait To get after we couldn’t wait [to] challenge for that gold Medal You know we had a lot of energy, and you know we had lost You know the previous time right? So for us. It was a chance shot at redemption Wanted to show the world that we are the best basketball [playing] country in the world We were playing against Spain, and you know spain it just very very tactically sound Very fundamentally sound extremely intelligent you know they grew up playing together, so they all knew [each] other extremely well so that was a shrimp that they had that we didn’t because we just Put the collection of guys together and tried to get to know each other over two years when they’ve been playing together since they were 10 or 11 years old So we had to figure that challenge on and you know pow and [Mark] and Navarro, and these guys are incredible guy bahasa. There’s phenomenal players at a is and We had to learn them Because [a] lot of them still played overseas, so we didn’t know anything about them So we had to watch them and prepare for them and study them But we were we were looking forward to really excited Fret for that team for our team at [that] time. It wasn’t really about confidence is about execution Execution Kim can we take Spain’s strengths away? At the end of the first quarter we felt pretty comfortable about that now the second quarter. It’s about can they make an adjustment and Encounter attack what we just did to him? We made the [commitment] to ourselves and to our country to [not] worry about a focus about how we played with our teams in the NBA This is not that this is different team, so we have to play a different way we have to play in whichever Manner individually is best suited [for] our team here and So once we made that decision and that sacrifice to each other then playing with each other became very easy my message to the guys was focus on the next quarter don’t worry about the score I Don’t want you to think that Spain is gonna roll [over] and we’re gonna. Go away because you’re not so what we have to do is focus on What’s working? You know counter what they’re gonna come back with and Focus on those x’s and o’s [I] don’t get too excited about oh, my girl. You got one more half We’re gonna win the gold medal stop thinking about them. Just think about the play in front There’s so much energy in the arena flags and everything. I mean it just made the experience awesome, because they’re singing the [chain] face paint right and and not only Fans that travel to see you again But also other athletes from Spain King and then watch and we’re supporting their [closest] [opponent] country same thing for [ours] and we had Olympic swimmers of diabetes and Runners and awkward you know basketball team players were there to support and [feel] good to be a part of I Think my job because [I’d] [been] there before I Was the only one on the team that fight? I had won championships, and so they look for me to really have that poise in those type of situations is not get rattled not Get flushed or about it. It is what it is and so just to kind of keep that composure [was] part of my job When [he] cut it to two points like three minutes the gauze. I mean this is This is so much fun [yeah], I remember wanting the ball in those situations and Once I made the shot it just felt felt good. Oh yeah, this is all right. [I] want to do it again, right? [and] It felt great I mean You know we’re both very calm and [d-Wave] made a big play Deron Williams made another big play And we were able to finish the game We know when the buzzer went off we all just ran to each other Because they’ve been a really long journey for us, and it was something that was very personal for us to put our country back on Top you know, so we all ran of each other It’s a different It’s a [different] film playing for your country when we play in India you’re playing for A particular City [a] particular market and [you] plan for your country those lines go away [we’re] all together. We’re all playing for USa basketball and It carries a a great honor with that that’s that that goes above and Beyond winning the NBA championship I Think the celebration afterwards after we won the gold medal when y’all went back to the hotel We’re all there together with our families And we’re all taking pictures with the gold medals and celebrating you come into the room. You look at players That should be rivals and should not be hugging and celebrating each other, but we all are Because it’s bigger than ourselves. I mean That that moment was very special If you like videos like this don’t forget to subscribe to the Olympic YouTube channel

100 Replies to “Kobe Bryant on reclaiming Olympic Basketball glory at Beijing 2008 | Throwback Thursday”

  1. Definitely wouldn’t have won with out you Kobe 💯🙏🏽 nice things you taught us & what a great career you mr clutch guy!

  2. Kobe is a killer! I remember right before the 3min mark, Spain went on a 10-2 run, trying desperately to catch up. Rudy Fernandez postered Dwight and hit a 3 next possession. The Spanish fans were going crazy in the stands and trying to hype up the team. But the next play, Kobe hit the three for a And1 4 point play. When he made that shot and put his finger to his mouth to give everyone in the stands the “Shhh” gesture, That gave me chills. It was like he was telling everyone “Stop all the creaming, they are not winning this game!” Crowd went dead silent

  3. What he said at 0:44–1:10 was really profoynd. I could oly imagine what it feels like to be able to compete at the Olympics.

  4. lmao kobe dunked and the whole spanish bench just went crazy.😂 man living their dreams. watching their heroes play right in front of em

  5. Kobe literally said dont celebrate yet. The game isnt over until the final buzzer.. its epic a true warrior..

  6. Actually, there were two consecutive defeats for the US team. One at Athens 2004 Olympics and the other on the semi-final of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece. So, they had to bring the big guns, otherwise they wouldn't have gotten their redemption.

  7. if only NBA has the spirit that the players have in the Olympics like constantly, its like fighting for their lives

  8. The only reason my team PR beat the USA team cuz Kobe wasn’t there
    LBJ was young, Melo was young. The majority were young. And Argentina won!

  9. You notice at the end who the the spain team went 2 first after losing? Kobe …. this man deserves more respect than he gets now .. how quickly we forget how great he was .. when you go back and see these games with all these guys on this team .. all these 1st ballet hall of famers and he was the best on the court

  10. you all forgot that D-Wade was the one leading team USA until Kobe stepped up in the 4th qtr… wade was really playing good. D-Wade!!!

  11. Soooooo why didn't a bad NBA team instantly sign Spain as their new starting 5?!? They'd just taken the current Olympic Dream/All-star team to the limit. They would've dominated the NBA the following year.

  12. I HATED this idiot. Never liked him. Good player but what would have happened if he played for his original team that drafted him. The Charlotte Hornets.

  13. Kobe bryant my first idol in basketball. I miss watching him play live. Very competitive and skilled athlete.

  14. when lebald led the usa team he led them to lebronze . So American called Captain American "KOBE" aka the black mamba & led the US to gold… Thank you Kobe 🙂

  15. Lebron who claims is the goat wasnt even the best player in those teams..it took him another suoer star (again) to do the job..btw we all saw the game guyz..we remember how the game was officiated ..

  16. I wish we could all remember we’re ultimately all on the same team during our countries political debates. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarian, Moderates, we fall want what we feel is best for our country and its people. Don’t have to hate someone simply because you may not agree on political issues. Usually neither extreme is ever right and is only through open honest debate and compromises that our country becomes better.

  17. Warriors fan since ‘87 and I despise the Lakers (fans) to this day, but I also grew to respect and admire Kobe after this. He was money 💰 🐍 🇺🇸

  18. A number of years ago a football team was put together consisting of Europe's All Star players!!! They played a USA College Team (not even a top ten team). The college team defeated them by a score of 134 to 6!!!!!! Just imagine what a team of The NFL's best players would do to them!!!!! We dominate in basketball but TEAM USA Tackle Football would "steam roller" over the other teams!!!

  19. Kobe is a Thanos .. You Hate him and at the same time you Wish he was still be there to continue to hate on him. the Greatest villain of all time ( BOTH ) 🙂

  20. Kobe in a slam said Melo honestly led the team he was pissed tf off cause Mike Brown wouldn’t give rookies play time

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