Kobe Bryant - The Black Mamba (RIP - The Complete Career Documentary)Feb 27, 2020
but to be successful you have to be able to persevere so that people see your success now, but you had to overcome some obstacles, it is difficult to be in another country learning several languages, what a silly expedient for many years in Italy, so there it is where Kobe learned the beautiful Italian, so our parents just immersed us in the Italian culture, tourists surrounded by Italian children, we were learning the language, as they, for me, growing up isolated turned out to be a great strength, it also turned out to be a weakness and things I had to navigate as my
Oh yeah, this guy grew up in Italy and then came back to America, so now going back to being 13 in high school, being
completely different, I had a hard time reading that. It was difficult to adjust to the culture, what I remember was that he came as a kid and had tremendous expectations, but he was reading all this about his high school coach saying that they were going to get there and he would be shooting baskets in the dark, neither They hadn't even turned on the lights yet, when did you know that no one was going to work more than you?
I never saw it as work. I didn't realize it was working until my first year in the NBA, Lower Marion Aces with the best high school basketball player in 1995
bryantbecause people want to assume that because someone has physical attributes they don't have mental attributes they always want to say that he speaks Italian fluently there's Mr. Brilliant flying blocking skyscrapers in his university boards they are good enough to get into any school uncommon among uncommon people exception among the exceptional bring television and record brandy star to his birthday party graduation that's Kobe Bryant killing people right there Kool-Aid 18 year old little guy fresh out of high school Kobe daring the best player in the nation for anyone in high school.
He has been one of the most followed high school athletes in this state all winter. We will be Brian, who will go all the way and hit home. James at home and stuff. I lifted him up from the seats and gave him a high five. Hey Kobe, you're the only player here who is seriously thinking about making the transition from the high school ranks to the professional ranks. How serious is that part of your decision? Well it's definitely a possibility, I think I'd be a fool, I can look into that, so mention sports illustrated, you say I'll go to college, but if I don't think I can get better at college I'll just skip it, that's just it.
I was going to ask him maybe it was a property what will be the university or the nba oh no, I still haven't decided 1996 state champions and that ends a 53 year drought and
bryantshowed his real medal shows what he could do it and there is the young man who has been so hyped and has filled this arena tonight. I saw a great moving moment. Father Jellybean Joe Bryant. Son. Kobe hugging. I decided to take my talent to uh no. I have decided to skip college and take my talent. For the NBA, what people don't know is that I made a bet with my classmates and whether I would do it or not, I would like the break, so it's the opportunity of a lifetime.
I feel like it's time to go out and take advantage. While I'm still, you know we just hate it when a 17 year old kid is our high school superhero, a star or star-struck people who don't want to babysit 18-19 year olds, he can go get an opportunity. for himself anytime he wants and whatever, even in the NBA, he will be able to create shots, yes, yes, he will at the age of 18. I knew they weren't going to stop me. This was my life with the 13th pick. the 1996 nba draft the charlotte hornets select kobe bryant from lower marion high school in pennsylvania a coming out party for high school kid jerry west told me today that the greatness awaits this young man he thought he was going to be absolutely fantastic kobe bryant he was acquired from the charlotte hornets in exchange for gadget friday everyone remembers that trade remember what you told me the day before when i met you you said you were going to be the best player of all time and he buries all three for his first NBA points, the first time he was not a starter on his team and the first time he was not the best player and the first time the coach He had to criticize him, there were times when I sat on the bench. for seven games in a row and then playing the last 20 seconds of the game for a year and a half.
I knew I could play with these guys. He didn't have a chance to show that a guy named Dale Harris was a former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Dale Harris is a good man but he lost his way with Colby. Daryl Harris wouldn't allow him to make fancy moves in practice if he made a spectacular move. Dale Ni. I wouldn't even count the best showboat he played a good game for his first game I really want to go out how do you do the undergraduate show? because shaq is like I'm superman batman I'm the big brother you the little brother kobe wasn't trying to be anyone's little brother remember when he first came in he said he wanted to be better than michael jordan kinda like Michael, who was just special.
Another thing you told me when he was 18 he would be better than Mike so I knew he definitely pushed you to be different from everyone else, yes he had. an aura about him that I had never seen in an 18 year old, oral was common or this kid is very arrogant or he believes in himself and to achieve all that coming from high school without going to college, I think it was cool that attracted fans. from their seats it looks like they were thrown into the hollywood park next door out of the game, standing ovation from some of the fans left here and that's for kobe's game, kobe played very well, jake earned many more minutes than you've been getting. the youngest player in the los angeles lakers competition kobe bryant is unstoppable and i will tag him as the next michael jordan 18 and a half years old third kobe bryant michael finley and carl the way he worked on his skill level to become one of the most amazing scorers one of the most incredible offensive players we've ever seen so our winner is kobe bryant young rookies straight out of high school eight seconds left ryan's right on top of the fight five seconds left four brian drives stopped because that aerial ball game where kobe shot those aerial balls against utah stock fake away crossed the court left drive open kobe shouldn't have been in the game dale harris put him in the game specifically to teach him a lesson because he got tired of the front court jazz stockton all nine right Do you know why if someone had shot an aerial ball on our team and shot a second, they were going to shoot a third?
He wasn't afraid. I think that's one of the things that propelled him to greatness. He would not allow himself to fail. you have to take the good with the bad you are the captain of the ship you go down with the ship thanks to a mod well, today there is a player in the game who has been compared more than anyone to michael jordan, that is kobe bryant of the lakers like What happened is when I got there, Luigi, I wanted to shoot Michael Jordan in the face. I called Kobe and he said: What was he like?
What goes against Jordan? I thought, man, this is that
blackcat. We tried this. We tried, but you know, we better get ready for Carol Mill's cat. We got a little show here between number 23 and number eight before the
blackmom before the black mom her nickname was the candy cap that Kobe Bryant took away from him, that's what. the future and even michael jordan will tell you that kobe bryant has the future of the nba you are looking at the present and the future all i heard was you know they called them black panther they called them after jesus and amazing things so i want to look, little advice from the teacher, but what happened is that we ended up, he ended up becoming a big brother.
He has learned a lot in the short time he has been in the league and believe me, he will continue to learn. He was the closest. What we saw for Michael Jordan, wow, I'm telling you it was impressive. You know, Michael Jordan is impressed with that. Kobe Bryant has sent a message that he is the future. I can identify things before they actually happen last year. He would review games where Everything was like a blur. I could see things a lot more than last year. Brian's minutes are up. His score has increased and he has improved his defense.
Now the 19-year veteran is giving the impression that Van Gogh and Monet would. be proud of him being the league's leading scorer off the bench and much more an inch taller thanks to mom's nature and 10 pounds thicker after frequent trips to the weight room in the off season, I think that's what that fans came to see and there is talk of elevation. you had mr brute force and shaq and you have that aerial art of young kobe when he thought he was going to be bigger than mj-1 when talking about the bridge between the two generations between michael jordan and then the kobe bryant players. today we talk about kobe bryant being his michael jordan, he not lebron, he is the player stylistically closest to michael jordan cowboy kobe price odom gets ahead of ryan alone, you have those extreme winners that literally exclude everything else, including his family, including you already know.
Other people focus on one thing, yes, no one works harder, that's why they love to win in an almost psychotic way. That's one of the reasons why Shaq, as he would say, tried to slap him because he was very arrogant about what he did. His intentions were that you had a fight several weeks ago. Did the punch he threw land? No, no, I was fast. This is a talented team. Is young. It's on the edge. I just had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant. He is dedicated. It's competitive. He reminds me a lot of Michael Jordan and there aren't many players who have done that in this game.
Who is the best player you have ever played with? Hobie number eight. Definitely Kobe is probably just different. He works hard. You know, again. Get to the gym approximately. five working on their jab steps they have things to make sure everything is perfect and uh that's kobe kobe in his
careerhe had a 40 game winning combination they're going to take him out of the jungle this is now the game is on the line, you're one down and kobe bryant at the point kobe bryant stops to shoot with six left, giving the lakers 2.6 seconds left where do you expect this team to be in the postseason?
We are going to the final the series is tied at three games a piece this afternoon put up or shut up, but they have lost three times this year, once in the regular season and twice in this series against the pioneers on their home court, the best duo for me, shaq and colby, they were co-stars and they needed each other to be so Great, since they were good, the first thing the Lakers need to realize is that they have 12 minutes to play with only a 13 point game, no longer Steve Smith hits in the race and it's 15.
I don't think you're going to the hacker emphatically now kobe but I think they both look back fondly now and miss a little of what they had three times shaquille o'neal makes a difference of six points with 41 to 3 10 seconds left tonight first game the indiana pacers versus the los angeles lakers now kobe has been sensational during the playoffs but the most important thing is the first team and the entire defense will now play with four different pacemakers but everyone will be waiting for that kobe vs reggie glamor matchup here's kobe exploding, hands down one of the top ten players in league history, bryant narrows it down to three, it doesn't take him long to get into the line and hang in the air, really they appreciated that competitive fire and it was that ability to let it explode.
If someone said you're too selfish, you took too many shots like he was saying, well, I think I'm the best option. Misses Shaw grabs the rebound. It's a fumble foul on Shaq. That will be number six. What a great play. down, all of a sudden, you step forward, these are the kind of moments you look for, it's three years later, in the NBA Finals, that same move I was showing him on my step back, he hit in the third game after that shaq committed a foul, it's the jump and somehow it gives you know take your time everything is fine I'm not going to let us lose this while he runs down the court pass me on the button he says you should never have been dead free throws followed by kobe bryant hobie just literally takes the entire game and just puts it on his shoulder how good is this kid 21 years old you said you always dreamed of winning a championship is it what you dreamed of or is it all or more i mean you have to drop the regular colors from the ceiling the fans go crazy and I look back at jack and kobe and they were co-stars who in the end needed each other stephen hey I only have one if I didn't have you you'd probably know how to warm up my body I'm just trying to get ready, I'm just trying to get it back again instead of basically having surgery.
Shaq chose to basically say don't do that and then he comes back and you complain about not getting involved. All went well. The result was good for the big dog and me. the house will not be watched shaq comes in he is outin a way listen they hit me I have a hacker shack I was tired man I just worked a little I'm flying home I'm swimming under Jerome my butt in the gym 10 hours a day he loves so many athletic skills that he's freezing. Colby didn't really like being on Shaq's team, thanks captain. Obviously people wanted me to level up my game.
I just did the same thing I did last year and I'm not going to do that and work too hard and get better as a basketball player every day and I want to show that improvement. He would be there an hour two hours before everyone who would show up for these practices and he was
completely sweaty like he had just done three hours of exercise before anyone did anything. I did his conditioning and after 800 shots now I go to practice that's 800 later and then you look at Shaq and he's the complete opposite and yet you guys are lined up anyway there are people like that man and you can hate them don't you want to notice to this crazy kobe bryant getting up at four in the morning you know doing dead lifts like he wants to sleep kobe has the same mentality but mj had the killer that i am to rip your throat out with my scoring he never took a play and played hard on both sides of the court did not take a break in defense many people confused that they want to beat you by scoring their preparation winning is as good as anyone.
He's getting a lot of talk out there right now. I think you'll see the referee intervene and separate the two players. Kobe will do anything you ask of him to win, whether it's playing defense. he just wants to win i don't deny the genius of michael jordan i'm saying kobe bean bryant in my opinion holy brian was the best basketball player wow mark what a rush kobe i'll say it again jack and kobe this man played with a broken finger and won a championship he had to rotate the ball from the broken finger the celebration started on the laker's back and the los angeles lakers will make a second consecutive crowd in the NBA it ended with a 15-1 it's a real discussion You can have it now, well, I said it a year ago and There's no way I would put anyone in the conversation with Michael Jordan, but Kobe Bryant is there and now no one is asking the question.
Is he the next Michael Jordan? They have answered that it is him and the beautiful thing is that they are just getting started, don't get another one next year, one after the other, that's how you have to be if you want to be a winner, there's just no way around it, you know, swish paula . that's why i get the money holla look at my mansion with shaquille o'neal i don't think that was handled well we all woke up every day trying to be above average or something and this guy woke up every day wanting to be the greatest basketball player who ever touched the earth complicated shots shooting over taller opponents footwork with extraordinary grace the elan vital from the athletic ballad dream jack left side of ori looking for kobe to get some space against george lynch two seconds a second kobe the rest of the league is lying around saying, "okay lakers, you got this," because everyone here says the lakers are by far the best team, no one can beat them.
I think there's been no one better than Kobe Bryant, I think with the kind of will to win tied. at 103. Now normally you wouldn't worry, but he's hit two in a row, so you better be aware of where that veteran is and Kobe's hands hate to leave. Bryan had an incredible quarterback. He was the most dominant offensive force that players dominate today. the boxes and the elbows, you and mj are two of the best at doing that, we mentioned he gained 15 pounds of muscle, kobe right is the second best shooting guard of all time, you never know what's going to happen, he is, oh why did I just see here? come on, the ball goes in, colby has it above the three point line, taking a little too much time will always be a gift from kobe bryant and his curse there were times when he turned away his friends and teammates towards brian, in I never really had any problems I'm the older brother he's a little brother I want him to be the best player in the world you can have a combative relationship win championships and the Lakers this was his third consecutive appearance in the final kobe starts on the defensive end yes michael jordan It's the original Kobe Bryant here's the remix baby the most dominant force, impressive, imposing on the court, terrifying and at 23 years old he had helped lead the Lakers to three consecutive championships.
He knew it was bad when kobe had problems. This is a summary for us. It's one of the healthiest guys we had, Lakers star Kobe Bryant, arrested by the sheriffs of Eagle County, Colorado. Ryan requested an arrest warrant and turned himself in on Friday, July 4. He will have to answer to charges of serious sexual assault. You know, they try to have to leave. Through something like that, you know, not just individually, but as a family, and then you know, for the organization, my teammates, I didn't force her to do anything against her will, Bryant fell back to earth and the landing has shaken a nation.
What if we took four players who averaged 20 points per game last season and put them on the same team you talked about, Shaquille O'Neal? Well, you basically said he was fat and out of shape. I knew he knew the fire he had. enlightened, I knew what I said and you knew what he said because I had you, I was able to just relax, yeah, see that's what made me mad, that was it, yeah, and I always told Shaq that you know that even in Practice used to tell me that you had to prepare yourself. Did you like listening to me?
Probably not. Kobe himself had to constantly fly in and out of Colorado, so this definitely affected Kobe's performance on certain nights. I felt like so many things were coming. Once he was getting very, very confused, I had to organize things, so I created the black marble
mamba, as he is known as the black killer snake, he has the murderous look in his eyes. Kobe stayed together, thank God he kept his game together because if he was cracking under pressure and getting like six points a game, all of Los Angeles would have been that guilty. I may have ruined my life.
I may never come back from this, but the only thing I can control now is what I do. basketball, the public is still giving Kobe the benefit of the doubt, he's one of the few black celebrities that gets there, not because he's a celebrity, but because you know the girls showed up with eight different scenes in the investigation, no you can do that, the crowd shouting things you heard it and you almost had to create this alternative character kobe has to deal with these problems the black
mambaenters the court and does what he does is the black member follows a trail of airstrips a potent poison flood the system killing him quickly three others are one away from tying the franchise records, if you're looking somewhere your record is in big jeopardy, he has 10.
This guy came out and was kicking our asses, this is right on the halfway back when he was back and in colorado posting a new NBA right now that talks about so much stress and fights between him and vanessa, she has a miscarriage and he actually blames himself for it and my favorite moment we had was on the bus leaving the sand coming out of the sand arch. When we got there, people were kicking us out, uh-huh, so I went through the game. We all put our butts on the windows. We were able to see many different shades of the moon.
Yes they did it. Yes they did it. We all got in line. sides of the bus kobe bryant flying from the corner of your screen and he catches it kobe and maybe lebron james can get that finish michael jordan for us is going to kobe bryant kobe bryant to the goodwill yeah, around the corner oh god mine, did he? I even see the basket, yes, approaching the shuttle to play, I think after all of Colorado visited it, it chiseled it even more, yes, but a lot of those things were created by me, I used to press his buttons, he used to press my button, that made us perform at higher levels.
Many times, as a coach, you see that guys want to have a space that they define, since this is my area. You know, you always say don't talk about my game, even though I won't talk about yours and his. talks about the dark side of these types of athletes the mentality of someone like kobe is a mission and only a mission the only thing he cares about is winning more than anything else in the world literally more family more religion more money more fame fourth fall in he goes down thanks to that man over there, they want to win that game at all costs and they will do whatever it takes.
We also thought the piston had no chance, no chance. Basketball culture is all about the young product and Kobe was around ten. year window gives it to the prodigy here comes Kobe less than five years away oh man he has the ability to make big shots you guys were such big personalities and maybe that could be the reason why it wasn't just that you beat the Lakers, but it was how they beat the Lakers, were you surprised how easy it was? Yeah, I didn't think they could dominate a team that won three rings to the point of completely demoralizing them and really taking away their will to play, which is exactly what they did.
Did they take the heart out of the Lakers? The 2004 Lakers were one of the most hyped but disappointing teams of all time. The Detroit Pistons just stunned the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 to win the NBA title and for the Lakers it will truly be the end. from a particular era, they have had the three championships they brought the other guys, we talked about how much they will renew, we won three out of four, there is nothing better than no matter how many fights we had, how many fights we had Shaq's future is certain the big shift in the balance of power in the nba as the league's most dominant player returns east the newest member of the miami heat remember this i'm bringing a championship to miami i promise you wish you and kobe would handle his relationship differently and, if so, how many championships do you think they could have won?
Do you think his game was as good as ever during that period? Oh yeah, Toby absolutely wasn't the best. Nice person when he played people didn't like Colby personally when the Lakers traded Shaq. I remember saying at the time don't count that man out, oh what an opportunity. I'm going to have to eat a dirt sandwich for a couple of years because Kobe's team is going to be horrible, but the Lakers made the right decision. One guy practices, one guy doesn't, one guy doesn't want to play, one guy is literally going to play from there in ten years.
I hope he has it near the middle of the court. Five seconds left for a player who played against colton and michael jordan on his jump shot at this moment he went to the free throw line extended gave them a head fake from the 360. the man ran out of shaq and i admired him for years old but I wouldn't want to play with him it's not easy but it's not supposed to be easy when you're trying to be very selfish they're just horrible I mean the team isn't good they're not going anywhere they have to hurry up the Lakers added next, both of them, you just have to go all out.
Brave all of them and lock them in the building and bring them with the team for consecutive years. They get bounced in the first round. Lamar in a two-on-one with Kobe. He may be someone who history remembers more fondly than he was in his era, I mean the guy was very polarizing, he played well, I criticize him for taking too many shots or being selfish or whatever, so obviously you have the Colorado rape case, I mean, there were a lot of reasons why his People didn't like Kobe when he played a lot but he bounced back with another seven eight nine years 332 to go in the third it was all a dream I used to read magazines and your photos on my doll wonder of the world tonight they only 62 for kobe and 61 for the mavericks i'm not entertained you're not entertained in 2016 when steve won nash won the backpack mvp kobe should have run the mvp he was in the team with steve matt when he won back to back the best player in the league was kobe bryant with kobe, even when we're not talking about the nba finals, there are times when 81 colby is putting up pretty good numbers, but he's not really going up kobe comes back in and out of mobile and we'll win it earlier in the game so I guess it gave us the quickest security we were down by 18 20 points and uh we needed some energy all the Lakers then I want Say they blew up by 40 or something in the third quarter, he was dominating us, he got knocked down by Kobe.
Rushed by Kobe, he will score number eight, but obviously a lot of his play was based on the big microphone report. Michael is high at game 69. When did you know you were going for eight? Yeah, well, there are 70. 70 points for Kobe won. of the lakers record i just remember realizing at one point in the game that this may be something historic that's happening right now i don't even know if i believe it 77. We'll let you soak in the crowd, this would be the tie it will be for the number two and the next one would be the pass ladies and gentlemen, you have witnessed the second best performance in NBA history 79 points, I mean, they beat them like the deficit came back, I just want to saythat basically demoralizes them, which is what you like to do the 81 point game 55 in the second half you have to take him out of the game someone got a stop kobe will replace him listen to this crowd for number eight again the lakers are out of time dead people have to be paired here now you know the clock, you can't let precious seconds slip off the clock by not being close to a man they would love to put in nash's hands and they don't take him down, stolen by parker, here's Johnny, One-point game MVP, there it is. and there is a lot of talk about why he changed his number and why he chose 24 well and there is a lot of legend, you know, it's just that there are 24 hours in the day and I wanted him to remind me that I should always look for greatness. 24 hours in the day, oh I'm changing my number to 24, kobe, dad, which one is it, is the one saying wrong, you have the peaks and valleys in kobe's career and some of them are on the court, others are off the court.
Kobe has 50 He's done it four games in a row 50 or more points We think Kobe Bryant is the best player of all the goats He's the goat Toby does it How did he get to that baby? he has won all time around mike miller all time great time We have a problem here this is Houston uh say it again please Houston we have a problem. Bryant reaches the basket within 81 points in consecutive playoff appearances. His street ball mentality of his, pop a little bit for Kwame Brown, what did you say? You can not. But he's simply the NBA's biggest in-season trade so far this year, as the Lakers acquired talented big man Gasol from the Grizzlies.
Okay, you look at this and say, Okay, we can have a conversation about who's the best Kobe, what an acrobatic finish he was. Sweet and true, Kobe was literally the first person you met in the practice gym in the morning. He has ever worked on his game. I've been lucky enough to be on top of the mountain before and have had to go through hardships over the years. After that game, a warning, finally seconds away, Kobe Bryant has put his team in position for another championship. His coach, Phil Jackson, says he has put the whole package together this year.
Scoring has obviously been rededicated to defending the lead. It has been a special season. why he won the MVP and that's why they are in this position right now, the number one seed in the west this year, kobe bryant takes him down, a beautiful move to show that I can lead this team my way, I can put my dna on the team and lead them to a championship but Paul Pierce's consecutive three-pointers today take him down the seventh three-pointer of the game you won the mvp you led the team to the final how well do you characterize the season, I mean the The goal was to win a championship , you know, it wasn't winning MVP or anything like that, so from that aspect we failed, I was in a comedy club, yeah, and you all had lost, no, I know, yeah, I know.
I just had to do something just to break listen I know I know I used it though that's the difference between first and last place kobe tell me how my ass tastes like kobe and if you can talk a little more about that work ethic because I know that there are some things you know that people don't know about Kobe. It was incredible. It was surprising for me. The overall job of him watching Kobe, I thought he was going to take the torch from Michael Jordan as the best player in the world. that and playing for the team I loved, spread it and spread it by the killer instinct, the clutch, give me that ball, I want iso, some kind of hero, the boy with the ball, he pulls away to take the lead, yeah, three seconds to go play again, he was the marquee he was. the headliner did you know kobe was coming to the third city kobe is there one of the best of all time i think the best comparison to michael jordan is kobe you know what michael never minded it never bothered him being compared to kobe do you think who took the game and elevated it where michael left it, but i'm not going to let you young people desecrate mike what michael accomplished, not us, we're just saying give kobe his credits, you got numbers on how people he just skips kobe like cody one night like that, though like Y'all just challenge people, just go over it and say budget is better than Kobe, the best finisher in the game just did it again. 102 100 Lakers, he looks at the crowd and gives that look of why are you so surprised? that's what I do, I mean, it's a surprise that he did it, that he throws out a sentence and then that was a sentence that came from me.
I played against all three. I would rather play against Lebron as an opponent than face Kobe or Jordan on the other. side because of their mentality and what I know what they are going to do every damn success clutch houston last night san antonio i will tell you what kobe bryant has that can elevate this team possibly to nba champion, he is the best player the game is like that from simple the los angeles lakers one of the most storied franchises in all of sports led by one of the most dynamic players this game has ever seen kobe bryant lakers return to the playoffs for the second year in a row you had guys who were in their seasons in April and they would train in July and August kobe bryant would play in June and was training a week or two later no, they say a man can't beat a team, I don't agree, that's how bad it is I wanted it: a man can beat to a team that this guy has dominated.
Will Kobe Bryant. I never thought I'd say that playing against Michael Jordan for so long, but Kobe Bryant will be remembered as the greatest basketball player who ever lived. 2009 NBA Finals MVP. Toby Bryant I love New York City man I really wish this was the makeup of basketball I love coming here to play it's a beautiful gym Kobe has a mismatch he wants to go back to the bar instead, will go alone, I think for the first time In all my time following basketball, the defending champion is under the radar two-handed, I played with Kobe, he's fine and him, the work ethic, just his behavior on the court, you're talking to play through injuries, I mean, it's incredible, he wanted that to be on his way down. that's how good he is for this guy his greatest asset is his desire to be the best his drive is in him chloe bryant has now scored more points than any other player in madison square garden with 61. what a magnificent kobe bryant a standing ovation in madison square garden and some of the most educated observers of the game even gave a high five phil recognizes what he did here at madison square garden we appreciate it but today's star player durant chris paul lebron and his friends kg is the only player left in the hobie league and kg are the end of an era, so you better appreciate the last chance for the lakers down by two 108 106 and three for the win, two for the tie and above the lakers but with the game. on the uh-uh line and with 4.1 you could obviously catch and make a move to the basket and possibly get a whistle, it was the iron will to put its foot on people's necks and take their hearts so they remember the next time play It's hard to believe incredible again when the doorbell rings.
Is there anyone more decisive than that game? Most players talk about playing the last shot to win a game, but there is a difference between talking about it and making it happen. I mean Copenhagen, they want the ball. something about those moments where they, they, they, no, they're not running away from the game over, man 1.9, I don't know how he got the ball, but that's what he does, wade, he's defending the remaining 11.7 seconds in a four-point game, mvp and the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP winner is none other than Kobe Bryant. When I got four, you got four.
I said, Hey, I got four. He got four in a row. When you got that fifth. Yeah, wait, you said I just wanted to get one more. We absolutely know what it means as a team, but what about individually? You're one more to check, yeah, and I said, you know, there's nothing you can do about it either and what if Colby comes? Kobe is not just a player, Kobe is an era see the basketball culture has players and has changed relax together they played together train together do charity events golf together because when Kobe broke into this league even the star players had to fight for more funds small the money and the attention he got that hurts he stays down he's hurt I played through a lot of injuries yeah I've been lucky that you know most of the injuries I've had you really can't do him any harm more meaningful the more you play, cody is going to go back and pick him up he hurt his finger yes he did he's hurt right now this is putting it back in its place if you're willing to work hard if you're willing to wake up at 6 a.m. and if you're willing to play through pain and injury really push yourself beyond perceived human limits.
I'm a big Kobe fan. You find out that Kobe in year 17 gave you 27, 6 and 6. In year 17, but the Lakers have a chance to take the lead, Brian with the roaring crowd gets to work and then the quote you said after was: at what point do you hold on to something that's not there? So at what point do you say enough is enough? It's time to get away from this, right? Don't know. If that moment really exists and how you have to feel it inside yourself, most people who choose are made for them, splash outside. Ryan is starting to dominate the sport for two decades in the reserves, it's going to work, what are we seeing? because while you guys are talking about this, he just tore his Achilles tendon, this is probably one of the last things he did, he broke the kills, but for this to be like a rule in the game, he had to shoot his free throws, so he leaves. no Achilles tendon and he did it, this hurts, but the Lakers were down by two, they bought it and beat him on free throws.
It was quite impressive. Wow, he could barely walk. Holy shit, don't cry or anything, I mean, that's Achilles' thumb. I shouldn't say it's good, set foot in Jack. Anyone who doesn't think someone like Kobe Bryant doesn't deserve a mansion and everything we're told he probably has a torn Achilles tendon, they're going to have an MRI, are you pretty convinced that's what it means? Yes, if anyone is going to overcome this Achilles tendon tear, a year and a half appointment without Kobe Bryant, we are here to celebrate greatness for 20 years. I have decided to skip college and take my talent to the NBA.
Kobe Bryant is retiring later. 20 years in the league, all with Lakers basketball players who once came to the club to play their last NBA game. Defense leads to offense. Moby, you know, the last game tonight represents a 20-year span of life that was the most impactful part of my life. Kobe Bryant, 18-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion and relentless competitor, has never cheated in the game, he has never cheated on us as the fans, he has played through injuries, he has played, winning one championship, two championships, three championships, four, five, that's possible, you know? seeing that every day that's what drove me and that's what drove our teams to the success that we were able to have and we have five championship banners yes sir there's 40 40 for Brian Kobe I mean he's really one of the Old School. documenting the moment in a 50-point game, I used to make fun of him a few years ago, many years ago, to be true, about him having a minute to play Kobe with the ball and the Lakers losing four to Ryan, it's a one point game.
He's so tired that he can barely lift his feet, look at him, but he's still on 56 points. Are you kidding? The incredible Kobe Bryant, a superstar who spent his entire 20-year career with one team, the Lakers, will have the opportunity to step up and watch. Who has the ball? He was a cold-blooded killer level, but does he have enough legs to get free kicks? We'll see two free throws for 60. You couldn't have written this.
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