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USA focus shifts to (purple and) gold

As Lakers beef up back home, Kobe, Team USA move a win away from gold medal

Originally Published: August 10, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LONDON -- When your team back home has just traded for Dwight Howard, managed to acquire Steve Nash before that and swings both of those blockbusters without surrendering Pau Gasol, you can put up with some annoyances.

So Kobe Bryant wasn't about to complain about his scoreless second half or the 16 consecutive questions afterward -- yes, 16 in a row -- that had nothing to do with the gold-medal game that Bryant and the rest of Team USA had just reached.

For your scorebooks at home: ...

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