Man I love newport!!! I see why Kobe commutes to LA now!!! The only time I come up or down here is to go to Javier's!! Lol
Kobe Bryant is 36 today. Rik Smits is 48. Kind of crazy Smits is only 12 years older than Bryant.
Crazy to think Kobe Bryant wore the big hat before Pharrell. Truly an inspiration. Happy bday. http://t.co/YbhLh4zoOV
And for those fans still holding on to what was really a manufactured media rivalry, LBJ has always shown Kobe the utmost respect. Always.
From KD/Westbrook to Paul George to Harden or BJennings (and plenty in between) the level of respect they express about KB is off the charts
Most of your favorite (current) NBA players grew up watching, studying and/or idolizing Kobe. There's that. Pretty crazy dynamic.
The older, wiser, and more refined version of Bean has been fantastic, but 2000-2007ish Kobe was simply a different beast.
Just like I wish I could have seen the older greats like Russell/Wilt/BigO or an in-prime KAJ, you missed out if you didn't catch Young Kobe
Among the NBA players sharing a birthday (Aug. 23) with Kobe: Rik Smits, Pat Garrity, Jeremy Lin, and Darren Collison. BK
Kobe has been a Laker more than half his life.
Kobe Bryant turns 36 on Saturday. Average life span of a Black Mamba is 11 years. How does he do it?
KB:"As athletes, you get the pressure of playing for the love of the game.Of course we do.But do owners buy teams for the love of the game?"
And last one, from Kobe talking about the pressure for players to take less $$ to help a team win, when he feels that's unfair.... (contd)
But my favorite quote from Tony, being Tony, on Kobe: “Ain’t no scouting report for a guy who scored 82 points in a game!"
Tony Allen also called Kobe: “the closest thing to Jordan in my era" and "I get to be able to tell the story that I got to guard that guy.”
Asked KB which players he thought most maxed out their natural talent. Couple you'd expect - KD and LeBron. Then he said two other names...
Kobe: "There are certain guys that if you go back and look at guys I’ve gotten along with, they’re all cut from that cloth. All of them."
Lakers PT guru Judy Seto on Kobe's acumen: "He could speak to another medical professional and keep up with the conversation no problem."