Michelle Obama gets `touch-feely` with Kobe Bryant after USA rout
The basketball star had the First Lady all excited as rumours swirled the Olympic Village that he and Stephanie Rice are becoming more than just friends.
Bryant, who is nicknamed the Black Mamba for his deadly strike rate, had tongues wagging after he posted a message on his Facebook page praising Rice.
He took to his Facebook page after watching the Aussie swim team in training.
"I was lucky because of this AM Stephanie Rice, 3 time Gold Medal winner in Beijing and the best swimmer in the world, was training," the Herald Sun quoted him as writing.
"I had the chance to see the best in the world prepare and she is FOCUSED," he added.