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Coach K Has Kobe’s Commitment For London 2012

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USA's Kobe Bryant celebrates at the end of the men's basketball gold medal match Spain against The US of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. The US won 118-107. (Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

USA’s Kobe Bryant celebrates at the end of the men’s basketball gold medal match Spain against The US of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. The US won 118-107. (Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mike Krzyzewski has a commitment from another top recruit: Kobe Bryant.

Bryant told the U.S. basketball coach that he would play in the Olympics in 2012 if the Americans want him there.

The Lakers guard was a guest on Krzyzewski’s SIRIUS XM radio show Tuesday when the Duke coach asked Bryant about London.

“You guys want me there, I am there and I’m ready to defend,” Bryant said. “And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board I’ll do that, too.”

Bryant was a starter on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. He sat out the world championships this summer after offseason knee surgery.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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