December 16, 2004

Kobe's "Charm Offensive"

Kobe Bryant did an interview with TK and Wilbon on “Pardon the Interruption” last night, during which Kornheiser asked him if he had any regrets, over all the unpleasantness of the past two years. I wish he’d answered the question honestly:

“Yea, I’ve got a regret. I regret going up to that fucking hotel room. That’s my fucking regret.”

No, he didn’t say that. But my buddy Jarrod points out that Kobe seems to have gotten less articulate as he’s gotten older. You could say it’s because he’s fallen behind the rest of the NBA, having no college compared to most people, who went for a year. But I say it’s because he’s still after that elusive “street cred.” You know, the cred he earned growing up on the rough-and-tumble streets of Venice, and Lower Merion.

Speaking of which, I think I’m going to have to change my away message to “I’m hunting little Mexican girls.”

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 16, 2004 06:18 PM

Kobe just irks me. He did a good job of wrecking my team. We traded the wrong guy.

Posted by: Jack at December 16, 2004 10:29 PM

Kobe's career is becoming marred in a hurry, and he is still a very young man. It wasn't until the end of Jordan's career that his personality became suspect. It's harder to appreciate the talent, and it seems that it is harder for the players to maintain chemistry. Kobe is still one of the greatest NBA Picks ever, but I'm not positive that will remain true over the next few years.

Posted by: Froman at December 23, 2004 03:17 AM
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