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06:35 AM ET 07.06 | Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey this summer, USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in an interview with AOL Fanhouse. Bryant's absence extends to many on the 2008 Olympic team, which Colangelo says in the report will include all but Utah's Deron Williams and New Orleans' Chris Paul.

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July 6, 2010  06:47 AM ET

Like him or not .....The guy's earned a break

July 6, 2010  07:03 AM ET

This has been expected. Not really newsworthy.

July 6, 2010  07:42 AM ET
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Get that mangled finger fixed Kobe. Actually since you won't be winning anymore titles, it my be a good time to retire.

You would like that now wouldn't u.

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July 6, 2010  08:26 AM ET
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Not particularly because I want to see Lebron and him battle in the Finals. But when they do Kobe will lose anyway so he might as well call it a career now and go out on top.

Battle in the finals huh? Lebron has won a bunch of games there so he should be good, oh wait ....

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July 6, 2010  08:38 AM ET
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He did something Kobe never did, and thats take a bad team to the Finals. How deep into the playoffs did the Lakers get before they stole Gasol?

Yea Kobe did something he has never done too, win a game in the Finals. He did something else that he really wants to as well, win a ring.

July 6, 2010  08:39 AM ET
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Not sure whats so funny. I read an article the other day saying that because Kobe played through the injury on his index finger, he has the finger of an 80 year old man. And that it maybe beyond repair. Not too mention, lets face it, Kobe is on the downside of his career. Lebron is the most gifted player on the planet. Its only a matter of time.

Man, a guy wins a Finals MVP on the downside of his career? I must say thats pretty damn impressive.

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July 6, 2010  09:08 AM ET
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Old news... he needs to fix what's broken and finally get some R&R... He already answered this before the finals ended...

Exactly this was a waste of a thread.

July 6, 2010  09:46 AM ET
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He did something Kobe never did, and thats take a bad team to the Finals. How deep into the playoffs did the Lakers get before they stole Gasol?

True...but I bet LBJ would love to hang his hat on 5 rings than that....

July 6, 2010  09:46 AM ET
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Like him or not .....The guy's earned a break

Word...

July 6, 2010  09:52 AM ET
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Once the Cavs steal Chris Bosh, Lebron will get all the rings he can wear and more.

Lmao, steal Bosh huh? Wow....

July 6, 2010  09:53 AM ET
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He did something Kobe never did, and thats take a bad team to the Finals. How deep into the playoffs did the Lakers get before they stole Gasol?

Kobe plays in the West...you can't compare the two. Durant could have taken the Thunder to the finals this year in the East.

July 6, 2010  09:56 AM ET
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Kobe plays in the West...you can't compare the two. Durant could have taken the Thunder to the finals this year in the East.

They wouldve owned the East this year.

July 6, 2010  09:57 AM ET
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Kobe plays in the West...you can't compare the two. Durant could have taken the Thunder to the finals this year in the East.

TRUE......

July 6, 2010  09:59 AM ET

You deserve some time off, Bro.

July 6, 2010  09:59 AM ET

this is an irrelevant event, and its a good decision for any key player to sit it out...

July 6, 2010  10:02 AM ET
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Once the Cavs steal Chris Bosh, Lebron will get all the rings he can wear and more.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! You have a better chance at LBJ resigning than Bosh going there....

 
July 6, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! You have a better chance at LBJ resigning than Bosh going there....

No kidding. Where did this Cleveland gettin Bosh thing come from? And can one of you fantasy league guys expalin to me how that would happen?

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