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Can you imagine if they had cut him?

June 23, 2008 |  9:47 am

In all the talk of Kobe's injured finger and surgery and the wear and tear on his body from playing for USA Basketball in this summer's Beijing Olympics, we had forgotten that technically, he hadn't actually been named to the team. 

Well, Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo missed out on a golden opportunity to become Phil Jackson's BFFs, officially adding Kobe to this summer's squad. He'll be joined by that LeBron guy, D-Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Michael Redd, Dwight Howard, Tayshaun Prince, and Chris Bosh. 

Only one center on that team, so Howard better not find much foul trouble.