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Mike D'Antoni's most distinctive China memory? The 'Ko-be!' chants that ticked off LeBron ...
"Probably the biggest one was when we walked into the stadium as a contingent, USA, and you had to march for about a quarter of a mile and they were three deep (surrounding us) – the Chinese were lined up, all workers, volunteers and probably fans – and when 550 athletes were marching, all you could hear was, ‘Ko-be! Ko-be!’" said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who was an assistant for USA Basketball at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. "That was pretty cool. I think it really ticked off LeBron (James) and those other guys (laughing), they go, ‘Wait a minute, am I minced meat?’ But, it was pretty cool."
How did the "Ko-be!" chants in China compare to the ones D'Antoni has heard in NBA arenas all over the country?
"It’s a little bit louder over there."
Read more about the Lakers and their China trip here: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/37424/mixed-emotions-for-the-lakers-on-their-trip-to-china