In the world of professional basketball, being 33 years old like Kobe Bryant makes you an “elder” on the team. Bryant, who has played in 16 NBA seasons is the oldest player in the Team USA men’s basketball team.
It goes without saying that Bryant has accomplished more than enough to be respected and certainly has more experience than any of his teammates but it seems he may have let his accomplishments go to his head, so to speak. Bryant seems to have no problem offending his teammates by saying that he feels that he has nothing to learn from them.
When asked if he could learn anything from the “young guys”, he answered, “No.”
When asked if he knew everything, Bryant said, “I don’t know if I know it all, but I know more than they do.”
Some speculate that Bryant may have been making an attempt at being humorous but it’s hard not to notice that he may be saying what he believes to be true considering that he has the type of personality where confidence is never in shortage. Also, being the oldest and most experienced is what gives him his competitive edge.
Bryant may be the best player on his team but he may need to take a lesson in humility and also recognize that sometimes even teachers can learn from their students just in the same way that students learn from teachers. Many who have seen both Bryant and LeBron James play, argue that James may be the better player, which would challenge Bryant’s statements that he is the best post player on the Team USA roster.