- Last Updated: 12:05 PM, July 21, 2012
- Posted: 1:20 AM, July 21, 2012
In a sport dominated by giants, Kobe Bryant fears a lack of height could be the downfall of the United States as they bid to retain their Olympic basketball title at the London Games.
The U.S. won their third straight warm-up match on Thursday, beating Britain 118-78 in Manchester, and will now head to Barcelona to face Spain and Argentina.
They are clear favorites to win gold in London, but they are not unbeatable, according to Bryant.
“We definitely have weaknesses that teams can take advantage of, and I think this trip to Barcelona is going to be very big for us because you are playing Argentina and Spain,” Bryant said. “So, we’ll get a good look at that.
“It’s size and teams being able to slow the game down and work the ball inside on us, and we have to do a good job of taking care of our defensive pressure.”
The U.S. will play Argentina tomorrow and Spain on Tuesday.
* The Rockets will send Courtney Lee to the Celtics as part of a multi-team, sign-and-trade deal, completed yesterday.
The Rockets will receive a second-round pick in next year’s draft from the Celtics (a pick originally owned by the Hornets), forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E’Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. Houston also will acquire the rights to guard Jon Diebler from the Blazers. Boston completed the deal by trading guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic to Portland.
* Bulls star Derrick Rose expects to return to the court soon. In a video posted on his Facebook page, the point guard said he has been receiving therapy on a daily basis as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee along with two tears in the meniscus. He said he is “going to be all right” and “should be back there on the court soon.”
* Juwan Howard, 39, still is deciding whether he wants to return for a 19th NBA season. The forward who spent the past two seasons with the Heat said he resumed working out a few days after Miami’s championship celebration, just in case he decides he wants to play again. Howard is a free agent, though has indicated he would stay with the Heat if they want him back.Follow @NYPostsports