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In the U.S. men’s basketball team’s first exhibition game this summer, it took 33 three-pointers against the Dominican Republic.

Against Nigeria in group play, the Americans attempted 46 three-pointers and made 29, an amazing 63%. And Carmelo Anthony made 10 of 12 and set a U.S. Olympics record with 37 points.

And why not? It’s an easy three.

At 22 feet, 1.7 inches, the FIBA international three-point line is closer to the basket than the NBA three-point line, which is 23 feet, 9 inches, except in the corner, where it’s 22 feet.

“It’s a lot easier,” Anthony said. “In our league, that’s a normal shot. That’s my range. That’s a shot that I take on a consistent basis and feel comfortable making.”

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann said in an interview Saturday that when FIBA moved its three-point line to its current spot in 2010 it should have moved it to the NBA distance.

“We have come to conclusion, at least in our mind, that we will at some point move it back to the NBA distance,” Baumann said. “It is obvious people have adjusted very fast. We think probably we should have gone sooner to the NBA distance from Day One.”

When U.S. forward Kevin Durant shoots a three, fans yell “layup,” an indication of how easy it is for Durant to make that shot.

“Kevin Durant, I think you can put it back as far as you want, and he will still make the points,” Baumann said. “There is no difference for some players.”

The U.S. men’s basketball team has destroyed opponents at the three-point line, and that strategy is expected to be a key in Sunday’s USA-Spain gold medal game.

If Spain has a chance, it must hit its threes and limit those by the Americans. Anthony is shooting 52.5%, Kobe Bryant 43.8%, Chris Paul 45.8% on three-pointers.

With the U.S. spacing the floor, that gives LeBron James ample opportunity to drive to the basket, leaving him with multiple options: shoot it himself if the defense decides to guard the three-point line or pass to open shooter if the defense collapses on him. It doesn’t leave an opponent with good choices.

Or as Lithuania coach Kestutis Kemzura said: “You have to pick your poison and then decide what you want to die from.”

Because the USA has played more games than every team other than Spain, let’s look at the number of three-point attempts the Americans take a game: 36.6, 12 more than the next closest teams, Lithuania (24.3 a game) and Argentina (24.1 a game).

The USA has made 16.3 threes for 44.5%. No other team is above 39.1%, and Spain is shooting 32.8% on threes. The Americans would have to make 66.7% of their two-point attempts to score as many points as they’ve scored shooting 44.5% on three-pointers.

Durant is shooting 55.8% on three-pointers and made eight of 10 three-pointers in a 126-97 victory against Argentina in group play. In a stretch where Durant made three consecutive threes, he launched one from 30 feet and it was all net.

“If DWill (Deron Williams) had thrown it to me a step across halfcourt, I was going to shoot,” Durant said. “It was just one of the things where I was feeling. It was a heat check. There were going to give me that ball, and no matter where I was I was going to pull it.”

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/basketball/story/2012-08-11/London-Olympics-US-mens-basketball-Carmelo-Anthony/56980586/1

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Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_bryant

August 23rd, 1978

August 23rd

8 + 23 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from August 23rd, 2011 to August 22nd, 2012) = Defense.

35 year + 7 (July) = 42 = his personal month (from July 23rd, 2012 to August 22nd, 2012) = Everybody loves Kobe Bryant.

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Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant

December 17, 2011

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce Friday from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, signaling the end of a decade-long marriage during which she stood by his side through allegations of sexual assault and admission of an extramarital affair.

In the petition filed in Orange County Superior Court, Vanessa Bryant cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. In what appears to be an effort to keep the details of their split out of the public eye, the couple said in a joint statement late Friday that they had “resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately.”

Vanessa Bryant and her attorney had signed the petition Dec. 1, long before it was filed Friday. Her husband’s response was signed Dec 7. Both sides requested joint custody of their daughters Natalia, 8, and Gianna, 5.

“We ask that in the interest of our young children, and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time,” the couple said in the statement.

Friday’s news marked an unceremonious end to a liaison that was the center of much public scrutiny and fascination, which began as an unlikely romance between a sheltered Orange County teenager and a rising NBA great. The two met in 1999 when Vanessa, then 17, was cast to appear in a music video. The couple wed in 2001.

Their union survived the five-time NBA champion’s 2003 arrest on suspicion of raping a Colorado hotel employee. The criminal charges were ultimately dropped, but the scandal, in which Bryant denied committing sexual assault but publicly admitted to adultery, tarnished his image and cost him endorsement deals.

“I know that my husband has made a mistake — the mistake of adultery,” Vanessa Bryant said in a statement at the time.

Vanessa Bryant’s mother previously told a Times reporter that the couple had no prenuptial agreement, saying they ultimately choose to forgo one after months of negotiations. The court filing Friday indicated that property rights were to be determined.

“She just came home one day and said something to the effect that Kobe didn’t want a prenup, that he loved her too much,” Sofia Urbieta Laine said in a 2005 interview.

A final judgment dissolving their marriage will be entered sometime next year, representatives for the couple said.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-me-kobe-divorce-20111217,0,2032841.story

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Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_Bryant

August 23rd, 1978

August 23rd

8 + 23 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from August 23rd, 2011 to August 22nd, 2012) = Calling it quits.

35 year + 11 (November) = 46 = his personal month (from November 23rd, 2011 to December 22nd, 2011) = April 18th, 2001 to Friday December 16th, 2011.

46 month + 16 (16th of the month on Friday December 16th, 2011) = Facing his fears.

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Vanessa Bryant was born on May 5th, 1982

May 5th, 1982

May 5th

5 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = her personal year (from May 5th, 2011 to May 4th, 2012) = Tolerance.

14 year + 12 (December) = 26 = her personal month (from December 5th, 2011 to January 4th, 2012) = In the news.  Making headlines.

26 month + 16 (16th of the month on Friday December 16th, 2011) = 42 = her personal day = Relationships.

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June 18, 2010

Purple and gold confetti raining down upon him, Kobe Bryant hopped up on the scorer’s table, shook his fists and extended five fingers.

When he hopped down, Boston’s legendary Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was waiting to shake his hand.

A Game 7 classic — and this time, it finally went the Lakers’ way.

Bryant, the finals MVP, scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting, and the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship Thursday night, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

Bryant earned his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions for the first time since winning three straight from 2000-02. Coach Phil Jackson added his 11th, matching Russell’s total and possibly putting a cap on his remarkable career if he decides to leave the Lakers.

“This one is by far the sweetest, because it’s them,” Bryant said after the Lakers beat Boston for the first time in a Game 7. “This was the hardest one by far. I wanted it so bad, and sometimes when you want it so bad, it slips away from you. My guys picked me up.”

Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who didn’t exactly show a champion’s poise while making just 21 shots in the first three quarters, even hovering around 50 percent at the free throw line.

Yet with Bryant driving the lane to earn eight free throws and Pau Gasol finally coming alive with nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles reclaimed the lead midway through and hung on with a few more big shots from Gasol, who had 18 rebounds, and a remarkable clutch performance by Artest, a first-time champion as the only newcomer to last season’s roster.

“Well, first of all I want to thank everybody in my hood,” Artest said in an ABC interview right after the game. “I definitely want to thank my doctors … my psychiatrist, she really helped me relax a lot.”

With their fifth title in 11 seasons, the Lakers moved one championship behind Boston’s 17 titles for the overall NBA lead. After downplaying the NBA’s best rivalry for two weeks, Bryant acknowledged this banner will loom just a little larger than the rest in those Staples Center rafters, given the opponent, the Game 7 stakes and the history they just made. The teams have met in 12 NBA finals, but the Lakers won for just the third time.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=10948222

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Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_bryant

August 23rd

8 + 23 +2+0+0+9 = 42 = his personal year = Everybody loves Kobe.

42 year + 5 (May) = 47  = his personal month (from May 23rd, 2010 to June 22nd, 2010) = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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