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Former Team USA player gives a day & night comparison between LeBron and Kobe

By James Brown

Two Lakers legends who played together with Team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Kobe Bryant & LeBron James, are how different they are according to a teammate

Two Lakers legends who played together with Team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Kobe Bryant & LeBron James, are how different they are according to a teammate

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant aren't only Lakers legends but two of the greatest players of all time, Kobe is famous because of his unique "Mamba mentality," while LeBron also has a mindset that helped him accomplish what he has done on his basketball career, but they're approached are opposite, according to Team USA 2012 teammate Tyson Chandler.

Kobe Bryant was by far the oldest player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, and according to teammate Tyson Chandler, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar acted like it.

In the most recent All the Smoke podcast, Chandler described the personalities of the two superstars: “Bron was always the jokester,” Chandler said. “He kept it loose and funny all the time. Bron is actually funny as hell. Melo controlled the music. He was like Radio Raheem. Melo always had a boom box coming on the bus.

And then it was the young crew ’cause you had young James, young K.D., young Russ, and they was all together. They kept the youth of it. So it was a great collection.”

Kobe Bryant was the "grumpy old man" in the 2012 Team USA

“Kob was the older dude that wasn’t trying to hear all that laughing and joking and s—,” Chandler said. Bryant was almost 34 years old at the time, as much as 10 years older than some of his teammates and 14 years older than youngest member Anthony Davis. The future Hall of Famer was a starter but played mostly a supporting role on the court, with an average of 12.1 points per game, and was fourth on the team behind Durant, Anthony, and James.


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