This is Kobe Bryant interviewing with ESPN’s Chris Palmer. Talking about pretty much every question you’ve probably had about Kobe Bryant. Doesn’t get anymore exclusive than this. Chris Palmer asks Kobe Bryant why he only has 1 MVP award, and Kobe quickly said “Shaq”. More from ESPN below:
There’s something different about you. You seem so … calm. Because I am. That’s just the maturation. That’s 17 years of seeing everything the game can dish out. I’ve seen it all before. There’s no need to get too crazy or bent out of shape. There are still challenges every day. But I’m still having fun. I was born to play this game. I still love it. So you’re not a ticking time bomb? [Laughs.] No, not at all. This is all stuff we’re going to work through. I know I don’t have much longer to do this so I’m going to enjoy it. I’m still going to find those challenges. Are you still adding to your game? At the end of 2003, my game was complete. Shooting, defense, using the dribble, transition, midrange stuff was all there. Then it was about fine-tuning and trying to improve in each area. People think the footwork stuff is new, but I’ve always had great footwork. If you go back and look at film from 10 years ago, it’s all there: up-and-unders, spin moves, everything. I’ve been interested in footwork and how it benefits you since I was 8 or 9 years old. That’s just the way I was taught the game. The technical parts of the game always interested me. You think you’ll ever score 50 again? Yeah, it’ll happen. Why have you only won one MVP? Because I played with Shaq. It’s that simple. A lot of the time we cancelled each other out. I sacrificed a lot playing with him. I really did. I did it for the success of the team. If I never played with him, my numbers would have been ridiculous. Do you ever look back and marvel at some of the things you’ve accomplished like, say, the 81-point game? To this day I’ve never seen that game. I don’t feel the need to watch it. What am I going to learn? I don’t watch those tapes. If I’m watching film it’s usually for an upcoming opponent.