Bryant becomes 'pacesetter' for Team USA

Originally Published: August 27, 2007
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- The tone of the Kobe Bryant-Leandro Barbosa matchup was set just a few moments into the first quarter, but you had to look 80 feet away from the action to see it unfold.

As a player from Brazil shot two free throws at one end of the court, Barbosa stood beneath the basket all the way at the opposite baseline, trying to get a clear view.

Every second or so, however, Barbosa had to move a step or two to clear his line of vision from the obstruction that kept moving ...

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