Kobe Bryant an Olympian again?

Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal,” Colangelo said.

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Sixers eyeing Jeff Teague or Dennis Schroder

The 76ers have contacted the Atlanta Hawks about their desire to trade point guard Jeff Teague or backup Dennis Schroder, a league source said. The source said the Sixers have not made a trade offer for either of the two. Mutliple league sources said they don’t expect the Sixers to make a serious push for one of the point guards before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Atlanta reportedly has had trade discussions with Teague’s hometown Indiana Pacers. The Pacers would consider giving Atlanta point guard George Hill, according to reports. The Orlando Magic, for shooting guard Victor Oladipo, could be another destination for Teague, according to reports. A league source believes the Utah Jazz would be solid place for Teague. However, the source believes the Jazz would have to give up Rodney Hood to make the deal work. He doesn’t think Utah is prepared to part ways with the 6-foot-8 shooting guard.
The Dallas Mavericks played their 54th game Tuesday night and Dirk Nowitzki’s 37-year-old legs feel it. He’s ready to head into the NBA’s new extended All-Star break that won’t put the Mavs back on the floor until Feb. 19. He’s feeling the effects of having “paid for it,” meaning the long break with 18 games in January and a stretch that included 19 games in 32 days. “This is definitely the longest break that I’ve ever seen in my 18 years,” Nowitzki said after Tuesday’s 121-119 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz. “We paid for it here in January, early February, with the schedule, I’ve never seen anything like it, whatever, 18, 19 games in January and then coming out in February with five games in seven nights, so it’s been a beast, so we earned a few days off.”
If they don’t, is he worried he’ll be out of a job? “When you’re younger, I think you’re always a little more into what people are saying and what people are thinking,” he said. “But as you get older, I think you learn you have no control over that. You can do your job perfectly. From the standpoint of the encyclopedia, you can do your job perfectly in this league, and if you don’t win and don’t fulfill expectations, you’re gonna be criticized. When you sign the contract, that’s the job you’re signing up for. I try to stay in my world. I love my world. My world is exciting to me, and this team is still exciting to me.”
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