Coach K Looks to Get Stars Some Rest
It will likely be the last taste of relaxation his team gets.
“We’re not here to see London Bridge,” Coach K said.
Of course, (Mike) Krzyzewski has also been looking for openings to get in-game rest for his big guns now that they’ve played seven games in three countries over the past 21 days. Foul trouble has been somewhat of a factor in Kobe Bryant’s case, but the Los Angeles Lakers guard logged just nine minutes in the Tunisia game and has taken 11 shots in a combined 21 minutes in Team USA’s two Olympic wins so far. LeBron James, meanwhile, has provided just five points in 19 minutes in Tuesday night’s rout, giving the NBA’s reigning MVP back-to-back games in single digits scoring-wise after LeBron scored in double digits in every game he played at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
“I get plenty of shots during the regular season,” Bryant said, insisting that he’s fine with holding back early to keep gas in the tank for the one-and-done games to come.
“I don’t need shots now,” Kobe continued. “My arm needs some time off.”