Kobe might not be the go-to player on Team USA anymore, but when it comes to the media, he’s still the guy everyone looks to for perspective. And yesterday, when he was asked about the 23-and-under idea presented by David Stern, he called it like it is: “Stupid.” Kobe felt the Olympics should be a player’s choice and that there was simply no reason to give the team an age requirement. Okay, older players may be more prone to injury, and in the summer, an NBA owner can’t exactly keep tabs on his investment. But Bryant says playing on an Olympic team is actually better because instead of playing against bums or random guys off the street, they’re in the Olympics with the best care and best training staffs in the world … Speaking of Bryant’s team, the Lakers continue to go after Dwight Howard with everything they have, and are still in discussions with Orlando about making a possible deal. Are they any closer to getting one done? It depends who you talk to, but they’re at least trying even as others like Brooklyn, and probably Houston (very soon) have dropped out of the race. We continuously stated we’ve felt Dwight would end up in Hollywood all along, even if he’s too scared to go play under the weight of great expectations as a Laker center. L.A. will go after him because they have the balls to pull off moves everyone else is scared to make, and then because things always seem to break perfectly for them (they just offered Antawn Jamison a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, and yet the former UNC star still decided to come to try to win), Howard will love it there, Dwyane Wade‘s injuries will continue to pile up in Miami and the Lakers will go on to win a couple more championships before Bryant breaks down, Pau Gasol loses his love of the game and Metta World Peace‘s brain fries … What will the players be doing in-between all those media sessions and practices overseas? Well, if you want to believe ESPN, they might be banging. A recent article was published saying the Olympic village becomes a straight-up college dorm once all of the Olympians get in. Sex, alcohol, random hookups, crazy stories with people you don’t know or who don’t even speak your language, apparently it all goes on. Typically, someone’s first response to an article like this would be shock and confusion. No one hears about the celebrity Hope Solo got with during the last Olympic run. They only hear 1,324 deviations of the same story over and over again: how she overcame the odds, worked unbelievably hard, and made it when everyone said she wouldn’t. What nobody says is that they have to order 100,000 condoms for each Olympics (they actually had to order more during the last Olympics because they ran out so fast). So if no-name javelin athletes are hitting the sheets hard, basketball players – perhaps the biggest individual celebrities at the games – probably face more temptations than anyone … We’re out like condoms at the Olympics.
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