Lakers Rumors & News Recap: How the Olympics Are Affecting Kobe

Kobe Bryant was surprised during yesterday’s game against France by one very special guest in attendance, Michelle Obama. The First Lady of the United States of America watched Team USA play their game and waited until afterwards to meet the NBA stars. With a exuberant grin on his face, Bryant couldn’t wait for his turn in front of Ms. Obama. It is pretty remarkable the stakes that exist in the Olympics; instead of playing for your specific team, Bryant and the rest of Team USA have the chance to represent an entire country, bringing to them fans like Michelle Obama. But we all know she is a huge basketball fan; her brother is the head coach of Oregon State University.

Kobe Bryant also weighed in this morning on a question many have been asking over the past few Olympic games. As of this point, the American basketball players do not get paid for international basketball appearances, but some believe they should be compensated. Even though the Olympic basketball players are sponsored by large companies like Nike, they do not get a share of the profits. Millions of fans buy their jerseys, but the NBA athletes cannot take advantage of their world-wide fame. Bryant, like many others, believes some compensation should take place. He pointed out, however, that although they do not, he and his teammates are honored to represent the USA, and none of them would turn down the opportunity over the issue of money.

What do you think? Should Team USA be compensated for their efforts, or is part of the Olympic experience sacrificing a salary to fight for your country on the athletic arena? What say you Lakers Nation?

For some more Kobe reading, check out Suki  Thind’s piece on how this Olympic game is a precursor to the coming Lakers season for Bryant. Not only had Kobe shed 20 pounds, but his role with this US team is different. Suki does a great job of analyzing these differences and predicting what could be coming this 2012-2013 season.

Lakers Nation News

Kobe Bryant Weighs in on Paying Team USA Olympians

Kobe Bryant’s Olympic Play Could Be Precursor to NBA Season

Kobe Bryant Agrees with President Obama on Part of the Dream Team Debate

Eddie Jordan Likely to Be Assistant Coach

Kobe Bryant Reacts to Meeting First Lady Michelle Obama at Olympics

Kobe on Winning 6th NBA Title

Free Agent Leandro Barbosa Best Option for Lakers?

Magic Johnson Says Kobe Bryant and LeBron James Would Make the Dream Team

Lakers News

Lakers 2012-2013 Schedule Breakdown [Forum Blue and Gold]

Lakers Girls Final Auditions [Lakers Blog]

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Have Kodak Moment [LA Times]

USA, France Open Thread [Silver Screen and Roll]

Mike Brown and The Upcoming Season [ESPN LA]

Options for Howard and Bynum [ESPN]

What To Watch for On the Court in London [Forum Blue and Gold]

NBA News

The Olympics Opening Ceremony Taught Us 5 Things About the World [SB Nation]

Grizzlies Re-Sign Hamed Haddadi [Pro Basketball Talk]

Will NBA Stars Fight to Preserve Olympic Basketball Format [Yahoo Sports]

LeBron Brings the James Game 3.0 to London [Eye on Basketball]

USA Women Beat Croatia in Season Olympic Opener [WNBA]

Dwight Howard’s Agent, Dan Fegan, Confirms David Stern’s Accusation [ESPN]

Al-Farouq Aminu’s Olympic Headshot is the Best [The Basketball Jones]

15 Games You Shouldn’t Miss [NBA]

Russell Westbrook and the Power of Aggression [SB Nation]

Remaining NBA Free Agents on the Market [Eye On Basketball]

Off-Season Grades for All 30 Teams [ESPN Insider]

Tyson Chandler in a Normal Person-Sized Olympic Bed [The Basketball Jones]

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