The Black Mamba had been lying in the weeds, ready to claim its first victim…
Kobe Bryant, aka the Black Mamba, had been anything but the assassin we have come to love (or hate) over the years thus far in 2012 Olympic Basketball.
We had been privy to only fleeting instances of the cold-blooded scorer through the first five games of the tournament.
Small minutes, low shooting percentages, unnecessary fouls, otherwise disappearing from the box scores—well, all that changed in a certain second half against a certain country down under.
Kobe emerged from the cover of the proverbial weeds with a showing of pure force on Wednesday’s matchup against Australia.
After scoring in only the personal foul and turnover department, and producing an all but invisible 0-for-3 shooting performance in the first half, Kobe went off in post-halftime play.
But before we get to his breakout game, let’s review his numbers in the previous five games of 2012 Olympic Basketball.