This summer, the United States Olympic basketball team will travel to London to compete against the world in the 2012 Olympic games. They will win the gold medal there and will be led to that triumph by Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
While the Olympics may not seem like a big deal to many, you can bet that a competitor like Bryant will take the games seriously, both because he wants to represent his country well and because he wants to win at all times and costs. He, more than any other player, embodies the rugged individualism and drive that is the American spirit.
Those are just a few of the reasons why he will be the man to lead this Olympic squad to another gold medal in London. Here are the others.