What better way to enjoy the Olympic Games than to look back at some of the basketball legend, Kobe Bryant's best international games ever.
He held allegiance to the USA's Men's National team from 2007-2012 that helped dawn a new dynasty.
He created numerous memorable moments for us to cherish to date so let's have a look!
After averaging 118 points a game in its first three exhibition games, the 2008 team USA turned to Kobe Bryant for a victory against Russia. USA was leading 50-33 in the third, Bryant who was selected the Player of the game by a media panel, scored USA's next 11 consecutive points on an assortment of dazzling moves. By the end of the quarter, they had a 71-51 lead which eventually led to a win.
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Bryant finished with 20 points, all of which came in the second-half, and made four straight three-pointers in a 67-second span in the fourth quarter to help the USA overpower Australia 119-86 in its 2012 Olympic Quarterfinal.
Bryant paced the USA early, tallying 11 of his 13 points in the first quarter. His four rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes gave them an 18-6 lead that eventually led them towards a 109-83 victory over their international rival, Argentina.
This was only a USA National Team intrasquad exhibition game but was Kobe's first USA basketball game. Wearing a blue No. 10 uniform, he shined brightly in the 2007 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge. Scoring 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals in 31 minutes. And oh, he also made the game-winning shot in the closing seconds, leading team blue to a victory.
33 years old and the oldest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball team. He played big when it counted most and clinched his second gold medal. He added 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal that led to a 107-100 victory against Spain.
In his first Olympics, the 2008 Beijing games, he recorded 20 points, including several critical scores to help lead the USA to a hard-fought 118-107 gold medal victory against Spain. In the fourth quarter, they only had a 2 point lead but when Bryant took over and accounted for 13 crucial points that led them to the win, creating history.