Kobe hams it up for Chinese fans

Bryant
Bryant
Posted: August 21, 2012

DID YOU HEAR the one about Kobe Bryant scoring 68 on a bunch of Chinese guys?

Recently, Bryant, as he has done on many occasions, visited China, where he is that nation's most adored basketball player. He was hanging around the gym at what is billed as the Sprite China Second Annual Charity Basketball Game in Shanghai and, with his team facing a 29-point halftime deficit, decided to suit up and play against a bunch of players who probably could be beaten by the faculty at Lower Merion High School.

So King Kobe, the greatest basketball in the world (according to the Chinese), came off the bench to beat up on a bunch of every-other-weekend warriors. Kobe went for 68 - in the second half.

It seems Kobe thought it would be fun to . . . we'll let Kobe tell it in his own words, via his official Facebook page:

"We played two 15 min halves with a running clock. I watched from the bench for the first half. We were trailing by 9 when I was notified that fans via text can choose a team to add 20 additional points to their tally!!! We were now down 29!! I wanted to play it cool but what the heck, the place was packed with fans who'd sang an early happy birthday to me and really wanted to watch me go to work. My teammates were down. They are all singers/actors and do not play ball much AT ALL, but they are very successful at what they do hence they are VERY competitive. They asked if I could bring them back in the second half.

"I didn't want to disappoint them or the fans that had paid their hard earned money for a show so I took the challenge of really using the second half as a training session for my stamina. I ran and ran and ran. I wound up scoring 68 in the 2nd and we won. Like I said, they are not basketball players by any stretch of the imagination. I was just having fun with all of them and loved hearing the crowd enjoy the show we put on."

Training session "for my stamina"? Seriously, Kobe? You could have built up more of a sweat signing autographs for all those hard-working people. The game is on YouTube. Judge for yourself.

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