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Lakers' Kobe Bryant won't try to play in the Olympics

Lakers' Kobe Bryant won't try to play in the Olympics

Kobe Bryant will not try to play in the Olympics this summer in Brazil, reversing field from his desire earlier this season to maybe give it one last shot.

"I think it's the young guys' turn to play and perform," Bryant said Saturday before the Lakers played the Utah Jazz. "I've been fortunate enough to win two gold medals so I've had my moment. I'll watch from afar, I'll support from afar and if they want me to come down and speak to the guys, I will."

Bryant related a recent conversation he had with Golden State's Brazilian reserve Leandro Barbosa. The Lakers and Warriors played Thursday.

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