World’s talent catching up to U.S.

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September 14, 2019 - 12:10 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments.

Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn’t sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S.

The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist is at the final weekend of the World Cup as an ambassador for FIBA. However, he won’t be watching the U.S. in the medal round. The best the Americans can do at this tournament is seventh place, and Bryant says the days of automatic gold medals for the U.S. — regardless of who is on the roster — may be over.

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