By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Following Team USA's 80-69 win over Brazil on Monday night, President Obama called Kobe Bryant a "competitor" and said he expects "a little trash-talking whenever the opportunity arises" for the Los Angeles Lakers guard.
Turns out, the President was right on the money.
After Obama was dealt a small dose of rejection when First Lady Michelle Obama turned him down on a kiss cam, Bryant took a shot at Obama.
"PDA is not for everybody, you know what I mean," Bryant said.
Then he backpedaled a bit.
"But he makes the important decisions, so it's all good."
Obama disagreed with Bryant's comments about the 2012 Team USA beating the 1992 Dream Team, pointing out that the Michael Jordan-led '92 squad never trailed in a game like the U.S. men did Monday night.
Bryant's teammate LeBron James acted a little more humbled by the President's visit.
"It's overwhelming," James said. "For me, for all of us, to be in a position to have the president watch you play the game that we love to play, you have dreams about being in the NBA, you have dreams about making game-winning jumpers. You never have dreams about having a president watch you play because you don't think it's possible. It's humbling to see him here, to see the First Lady here, to have his kids here to watch us play. It's amazing."
And Coach Mike Krzyzewski was equally as honored.
"He was just socializing with us," Krzyzewski said. "I'm not sure he knew the score of the game. I was a little bit antsy. But what an honor for our team to have the President and his wife and family be there and for him to grace us with his presence here tonight was a fantastic gesture. He wished us godspeed. I told him afterward 'You should have told them a little bit about starting hitting shots.' I don't think he wanted to be a coach. He was a president and a good man, and it was an honor to have him the locker room."