Thanks to Grant Hill, we know that Olympic basketball players who have great games are randomly selected for postgame drug tests, with the quotiest quotation marks ever around the “randomly.” Still though, solid info from Grant Hill, who always seems to have our well-being in mind. Thanks for that, Grant Hill. I still own one of your jerseys (a red Pistons alternate from eighth grade), so we’re cool.
With that knowledge in mind because that is where we store it, consider this little factoid regarding Kobe Bryant’s 20-point half against the Boomers. From the New York Post:
So what was Kobe Bryant’s reward for his 20-point second-half outburst in Team USA’s quarterfinal victory over Australia on Wednesday night? An Olympic drug test.
According to a source, Bryant was the USA player chosen to take the mandatory random drug test after the late-night contest and was unable to ride back to the team hotel with his teammates. With the game beginning at 10:15 p.m. here, Bryant didn’t arrive back at the hotel until 2 a.m.
Even though it is protocol that each team’s leading scorer gets the drug test, I like to imagine that officials were like “Whoa whoa whoa. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points IN A HALF? After sucking for the first however many games? That seems weird. Drug test that guy.” I think you’ll agree that sounds logical.
And I’m sure Kobe loved being held after the game for two hours, getting his blood tested and hoping that the blood the Germans shot in to his knee didn’t accidentally have anything wrong with it. He’s a pretty mellow guy who absolutely loves being hassled and told what to do, so I’m sure that went over very well.
That being said, when you “activate the Black Mamba,” you have to imagine someone is going to think you got a little extra Mamba juice in there or whatever activating the Black Mamba entails. When you turn yourself in to a human snake, that is one of the risks you have to be willing to take.