After every Olympic basketball game, Olympic officials choose a player from each team to be drug tested. It is said that the player chosen is usually the player that led his team in scoring in the game. (Olympic officials have come out and denied that it works that way). But after Team USA’s game against Australia, Olympic officials chose Kobe Bryant for testing, who not only led Team USA in scoring, but also scored all of his 20 points in the second half.
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.
Bryant had struggled throughout the Olympics before hitting six 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points. A point that seemingly didn’t go unnoticed by Olympic officials.