This should not be information to you, however the USA Basketball Ladies’s Nationwide Workforce has gone undefeated on the Olympic Video games since 1996, and the staff will vie for its seventh straight Olympic gold medal in Tokyo this summer season. Every week after gamers went to a nationwide coaching camp to work on their chemistry and communication, Sue Chicken, A’ja Wilson, Nneka Ogwumike, and coach Daybreak Staley sat down with reporters for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s digital media summit.
When requested about recollections with the late Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion Chicken, who will most likely make that final 12-person roster headed to Tokyo, spoke of an informal day on the 2008 Video games that included two issues: wine and playing cards. “There was 4 of us enjoying Spades, and he got here in and there was just a little wine concerned, and he acquired very aggressive with consuming the wine,” Chicken stated, smiling.
“He did not wish to be behind anyone on these glasses. And we have been like, ‘Kobe, you recognize we have got apply tomorrow. We’re simply sippin’!’ Nope, he was into this wine,” Chicken continued. On the identical evening, she stated Bryant was flipping by way of a newspaper and noticed Celtics ahead Paul Pierce. This was after the Lakers misplaced to the Celtics within the 2008 NBA Finals that June. “There was an image of Paul Pierce celebrating the Celtics’s win, and he actually ripped out this image of Paul Pierce and he folded it up and he put it into his pocket, and he was like, ‘Motivation for subsequent yr.'” (Bird previously talked about this moment and revealed it was her first time assembly Bryant.)
Chicken stated her reminiscence spoke to Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” and the way he stayed pushed. Chicken recalled, too, that he outwardly confirmed his assist of ladies’s basketball — even adopted alongside, it appeared, with their schedule. “Wanting again now, it was a glimpse into his curiosity in ladies’s basketball, simply his mindset on all the time asking questions, inquisitive about issues, which you do not all the time get from folks.”
Chicken added, “I am very grateful to have had these moments with him and to have realized from him.” A legend speaking a few legend — we love to listen to it!
To study extra about all of the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, go to TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer season on NBC.