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Rubio thinks Kobe will have to settle for silver

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, of Spain, celebrates. (Jan.

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, of Spain, celebrates. (Jan. 27, 2012) Credit: AP

Ricky Rubio's smack talk is as smooth as his game.

After chatting with fellow countrymen Pau Gasol following Minnesota's loss to the Lakers last night, Rubio ran into Kobe Bryant.

Rubio's message to Kobe: See you in London.

The rookie point guard said to Bryant, "You know you're getting the silver medal," referring to his Spanish team and Bryant's U.S. team. Bryant laughed, and said he'd bet that the United States will walk away with gold.

(Warning: Bryant unleashes an expletive while laughing at Rubio's proclamation)

(h/t to @TasMelas of The Basketball Jones)

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