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Kobe, LeBron, Jason, Nate & Me.

by Stephanie Stricklen

kgw.com

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 4:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:36 PM

Which one of these things doesn't fit in. Do you remember that game/song-- was it Sesame Street? Anyway, I digress.

WOW. Wow. wow....

I had a great day yesterday. First of all.. a small army of you voted and made it clear that I was supposed to, no.. destined to.. eat a scorpion. Which I did. I'll include that in one of my 5pm reports.. probably Tuesday because I have big plans for Monday.

Monday I want to show you what my day was like at the Team USA Basketball practice. I got to hang out with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Jason Kidd. But the star of the show for me was our own Nate McMillan! He was smiling and chatty and I had a blast interviewing him about his work. And it was very refreshing to hear from some of the world's best basketball players about what they think of him.

Here's a little photo slideshow.. Kobe (#10), LaBron (#6) and our own Coach McMillan are in these photos, along with other notables. Practice started with us on the gym floor with the guys. Then when the pace picked up-- we moved to the second floor to give them all the room they needed. That's when I brought out my camera (okay.. Joe Donlon's borrowed camera that I'm learning how to use).

Team USA Basketball slideshow

GO TEAM USA!!

On an aside.. I was telling my friend Bill Hernandez (who emailed me to tell me how he's liking the headband I've been sporting since I can't tame my hair in this dratted 90% humidity).. amyway, I was telling Bill that when I was watching practice and interviewing these guys.. I was really impressed.

Kobe is articulate and thoughtful. And, since this has no business in a news story, I can share it here-- his skin is so flawless the dude looks like someone airbrushed on makeup. He also told me he is one of the "short" guys as I stood next to him and got a crick in my neck looking up at him.

Jason Kidd has this sense of maturity about him. He strikes me as the kind of guy you will quickly learn to respect. He takes practice seriously and is business-minded. He also has very kind eyes. And LeBron? Well, LeBron is nothing but pure entertainment. He had Dwight Howard in stitches (notice the makeshift cape in the photo slideshow?). LeBron was making fun of himself.. making fun of us.. making fun of his teammates.. breakdancing (poorly), hollering, rapping, and generally living life huge.

As one guy pointed out to me.. LeBron is young. He has energy. Yeah, I'd say so.

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