Sunday's Timberwolves-Lakers game was long over when there was a neat moment captured on video. Wolves guard Ricky Rubio was in the hallway at Target Center talking to Lakers forward Pau Gasol, his fellow Spaniard and good friend. Kobe Bryant came out of the Lakers dressing room. "You talking about London?" Bryant asked, referring to the Olympics later this year. "Oh, yeah," Gasol replied. Rubio asked Bryant if he would be there with Team USA. Bryant said yes, so then the Wolves rookie made a prediction: "You know you're getting the silver medal," Rubio said. "You know that." Meaning, of course, that Spain would win the gold. A brash statement? Perhaps. But not outlandish: Spain won the 2006 title at the World Basketball Championships. In the 2008 Beijing Games, Rubio and Gasol were part of a team that lost 118-107 to the Americans in the final. "I'm taking bets," Bryant responded. "If I win, I get the keys to Barcelona." Responded Rubio: "I bet what you want."
Rubio to Bryant: Spain will take gold in Olympics
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 31