Choice quotes from Sports Illustrated’s new cover story on Kobe Bryant
"I have self-doubt," Bryant says. "I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it."
Summer of 2007and O.J. Mayo, the No. 1 high school player in the country, attends the Kobe Basketball Academy at Loyola Marymount. Mayo asks Bryant if they can work out together. “Yeah,” Bryant responds, “I’ll pick you up at three.” The next evening Mayo sees Bryant and asks, “Where were you?” Bryant looks confused. “Three in the morning,” he says. “Not three in the afternoon.” Mayo slinks away.
Bryant will play again, and play well, because he has unknowingly spent three decades preparing for the final stage of his basketball life. On road trips to Philadelphia he often shows up before dawn at the Lower Merion gym, and Downer once found him launching nothing but floaters. “Dikembe Mutombo blocked my shot,” Bryant explained. “That will never happen again.” He let another teardrop lick the sky. He has been expanding a repertoire he can channel when the reverse layups are gone.
"Maybe I won’t have as much explosion," Bryant says. "Maybe I’ll be slower. Maybe I’ll lose quickness. But I have other options. It’s like Floyd Mayweather in the ring. There’s a reason he’s still at the top after all these years. He’s the most fundamentally sound boxer of all time. He can fight myriad styles at myriad tempos. He can throw fast punches or off-speed punches, and he can throw them from odd angles."
Years ago, upon returning from the horror flick Saw II, Bryant described for Lakers trainer Gary Vitti a scene in which a victim awakens to find a contraption locked around his neck lined with nails pointed at his head. A videotape explains that the victim can unlock the device with a key, but it has been surgically implanted behind his right eye, and he can only extract it with a scalpel. He has a minute before it closes over his face and kills him.
"I think I could get that key," Bryant said.
I know it sounds absurd since they are a sub .500 team despite the fact that they’re stacked with talent and underachieving as a whole.
….. but I think Kobe Bryant deserves a couple of MVP votes
Nigga too cold.
ESPN: I always wanted to see you play Tracy McGrady.
Kobe: I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.
ESPN: His back bothered him for most of his career.
Kobe: Well, now you know.
Sweet Karma For Kobe Bryant
When Kobe had his rape case in 2003, I’ve never forgiven him for (unnecessarily) snitching on Shaq. While the investigators were interviewing him about the situation in Colorado with the alleged victim, Kobe blurted out about how he “should have done what Shaq does” and paid hush money to women you have sex with.
This broke so many man laws its not even funny, Shaq had absolutely nothing to do with Kobe’s situation in Colorado, so why even bring his name up to the police? I’m sure that sparked all kind of conflict in Shaq’s household because he was married at the time.
Kobe’s forever been branded a bitch nigga in my mind for that.
So fast forward to now, I read this on TMZ and all I could think was, “What goes around comes around”.
"A secret underground society of trained spies is responsible for feeding intel to Vanessa Bryant that eventually led to her filing for divorce from hubby Kobe Bryant — not the CIA or FBI … but the basketball wives of the NBA.
Our sources says Kobe’s teammates were blabbing to their women about the superstar’s exploits … and those women in turn gave Vanessa the head’s up. We’re told talk of Kobe’s exploits lately increased in frequency.
According to our sources, the players often swear their wives to secrecy before dishing on their fellow ballers … but that secrecy is rarely kept. We’re told the women all share information about other guys around the league … in part to ensure word will get back to them if their man ever steps out.”
Why are all these dudes running around gossiping like females? Does no one listen to the mighty word of Ghostface Killah?
"Don’t tell your bitch shit, if she wants to know then she shoulda been there in the first place"