While LeBron James is still the biggest star in the states Kobe Bryant is still the bigger star internationally. Over the weekend Bryant played in a Celebrity basketball game in china.
As you would imagine Bryant was unstoppable. He scored 68 points in 15 minutes. As you will see in the video below it was pretty much a dunkfest.
Bryant spent his childhood in Italy when his dad was playing there professionally. Bryant speaks both Italian and Spain. Bryant is also very popular in China.
While Kevin Durant and LeBron James are probably more popular basketball players right now in the United States that is not the case internationally. Right now Bryant is still the most visible NBA player overseas.
Here is the statement from Kobe’s Facebook page on the game.
The Sprite China 2nd Annual Charity Basketball game was a ton of fun. We played two 15 min halves with a running clock. I watched from the bench for the first half. We were trailing by 9 when I was notified that fans via text can choose a team to add 20 additional points to their tally!!! We were now down 29!! I wanted to play it cool but what the heck, the place was packed with fans who’d sang an early happy birthday to me and really wanted to watch me go to work. My teammates were down. They are all singers/actors and do not play ball much AT ALL, but they are very successful at what they do hence they are VERY competitive. They asked if I could bring them back in the second half..
I didn’t want to disappoint them or the fans that had paid their hard earned money for a show so I took the challenge of really using the second half as a training session for my stamina. I ran and ran and ran. I wound up scoring 68 in the 2nd and we won. Like I said, they are not basketball players by any stretch of the imagination. I was just having fun with all of them and loved hearing the crowd enjoy the show we put on.