Kobe Bryant Signs Autographs Tunisian Player’s Shoe Following Olympic Basketball Beating (Video)
Question: Other than the final result, how does a basketball player know when he’s a cut above his opponents?
Answer: When one of your opponents asks you for an autograph.
What am I talking about? Well, let’s start at the beginning.
Yesterday, the USA men’s basketball team played their second game of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The opponent was mighty Tunisia, and the result was pretty much what you would expect: a 47-point blowout, 110-63, despite the fact that the Americans had a relatively small 13-point lead at halftime.
However, if you didn’t happen to see the game or the final score, you could probably guess the outcome if you just saw this scene unfold after the game:
Your eyes do not deceive you. That is Kobe Bryant signing the shoe of an opponent after the game.
The opponent? That was Tunisia’s Mohamed Hadidane, who, as I’m sure you probably guessed, does not play for the NBA, or even the respectable Euroleague. Instead, he plays professionally for Wydad Athletic Club, which is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Obviously, the 26-year-old was a little star-struck, and he didn’t care if Carmelo Anthony laughed at him or not.
As for Kobe, he was a pretty good sport. Of course, he was probably glad that Hadidane simply handed him the shoes, rather than throwing them at him, like they do with Kevin Durant.