Quote of the Day

Kobe Bryant on patriotism:

Collinsworth: Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?

Kobe: Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say ‘You know what? Our country is the best!’

Collinsworth: Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by.

Kobe: No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.

This has been reported at least a thousand other places. But what hasn’t been is that this isn’t something new for Bryant.

Bryant put winning a gold medal above winning the Larry O’Brien trophy or MVP honors because “you’re playing for your country. You’re not playing for a region, a state … you’re playing for the United States of America and that has more importance.”

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