Reporters recently caught up with LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at a practice session for the upcoming 2008 Olympics. When asked what his response was to some outlandish statements made about him by former teammate Shaquille O’Neal in a recent freestyle, he said “I didn’t take it any kind of way whatsoever,” before declining to harp on the question anymore. Bryant is focusing his energies on bringing home the gold medal from China, where he is looked upon as an iconic figure. He compared the redeeming notion of winning an Olympic medal in China after losing the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics to drinking a full glass of cold water after having a parched throat. CLICK [HERE] for the full story.