Kobe not Kobe so far for US men's Olympic team

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USA's Kobe Bryant pauses during a men's basketball game against Lithuania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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USA's Kobe Bryant pauses during a men's basketball game against Lithuania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, …

LONDON (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been more spectator than scorer at the London Games.

Bryant, who's offensive repertoire is second-to-none, is averaging a measly 9.0 points per game for the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.

Bryant said Sunday there is a simple explanation: He hasn't had to score.

He may be right. The Americans (4-0) can clinch first place in their group Monday with a win against Argentina (3-1) before beginning the medal round later in the week.

But his role may change with the U.S. heading into the quarterfinals.

Bryant promises he will be deliver when needed. His teammates believe him.

Kevin Durant says "We don't have to say to him, 'Hey, Kobe go get some baskets.' He can go get it on his own."

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