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Kids Protect Kobe With Human Wall

I don't have much to add to this photo, other than to say the mass of microphone-and-camera- yielding humanity that surged around Kobe Bryant got pretty intense today. People were climbing up on stage to surround Kobe, and then leaping off the stage to, among other things, elbow me in the head.

Finally, some of the volunteers were instructed to join hands and form a wall to protect the stage from the surging masses.

I was mostly preoccupied with snapping stalker photos, during the hour-long media availability, but I did catch this dialogue with Melo.

Reporter: What's that gonna be like Sunday, some people are saying it might be the most watched basketball game ever.

Carmelo: Yeah, it might. I think it is. I think it's close to 3 billion people gonna be watching that game? That's a lot of people.

Reporter: Well, I don't know about 3 billion, but....

Carmelo: That's what they say

Reporter: That's like 60 percent of the world.

Carmelo: That's what they say, they say 3 billion, that's what I hear.

Reporter: Where'd you hear that from?

Carmelo: You've got to ask Coach K, man. That's a lot of people, ain't it?

In U.S. sports blogging terms, there's pretty much kids with funny shaved heads, team handball, the Redeem Team, and then everyone else.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  NBA , Olympics  
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for you steinz,team handball.

For all the prurient bloggers out there, beach volleyball.

For regular myopic blogs, hoops.

Posted by: odessasteps | August 8, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

more handball... still waiting for the steinz playing handball video...

beach volleyball could be good too... mistay may seemed pretty goofy in that earlier video from chicago...

Posted by: littles | August 8, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I voted for the Redeem Team on the condition that you have the [fortitude] to interview LeBron while wearing the "Crybaby 23" T-shirt.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 8, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

My heart says team handball, my head says table tennis, but my blog metric says Jelena Jankovic.

Posted by: B.A. | August 8, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt (e.g., needing a poll), go prurient..

Posted by: Rob Iola | August 8, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic opening ceremony - that last torch bearer "running" around the stadium before lighting the cauldron was pretty over the top, as were the pyrotechnic "footprints" pacing the way from the Forbidden City to the Birds Nest...

Posted by: jhorstma | August 9, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Handball. I mean, unless you can our basketball players to talk about how much they hate Duke.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 9, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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