Badass: His 2008 Gold Medal Game Performance
Remember that awkward moment in history when we weren't the reigning Olympic gold medal holders in Mens Basketball and the "Redeem Team" composed of all of our best players was formed in an effort to get the gold back in the '08 Beijing Games? We do, and in the Gold Medal Game they went up against a respectable Spain team with the likes of the Gasol brothers, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, and Juan Carlos Navarro. The U.S. was winning most of the game, but late in the fourth Spain was surging and cut the lead to four.
Enter Kobe Bean Bryant. He was mainly a defensive stopper for the duration of the games as he routinely took on the other teams best perimeter player and shut them down. At this moment, however, he wasn't leaving this up to anybody else regardless of their talent. Calling for the rock early, he got himself a four-point play to put them up eight, followed up by a Wade trey ball and a Mamba runner. Game, USA.