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Bryant, most of '08 team to skip Turkey

Updated: July 6, 2010, 1:16 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is taking a break from basketball this summer.

In an interview with AOL Fanhouse on Monday, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Bryant, as well as every other player on the 2008 Olympic team except for Deron Williams and Chris Paul, will not compete in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

"It's a combination of three things: free agency, injuries and having gone hard for a long time,'' Colangelo said. "And I'm OK with that."

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