Kobe Bryant Discusses the Rape Case, Shaq and Retirement
Kobe Bryant opens up about the rape case, Shaq and retirement in a new interview with In Depth.
The NBA all-star spilled about everything under the sun when he sat down with Graham Bensinger for an interview that’s set to get people all geared up for the upcoming Olympics. Bensinger wasn’t shy with the questions and the interview was a telling on indeed.
In 2003 Kobe was making headlines for any reason but basketball when he was accused of raping a young woman in Eagle, CO. He got off the hook legally with that one, but not with the wife. People suspect Bryant dropped some $4 million on jewelry to make things right with the misses.
Kobe had this to say in the interview about the whole ordeal:
“I think it challenges who you are as a person. To have to go through something like that not only individually but as a family. For the Lakers organization, my teammates. It was extremely difficult and you kinda had to do some soul searching, because you’re fighting numerous battles at the same time. You just kind of try to figure your way through all of this mess. And the only thing that you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and just continue to move forward.”
When that was going on, people thought it would ultimately affect the game, Kobe begged to differ, “I’m not going to stop playing. I’m not, just because you guys think I should stop playing, just because you guys think that I won’t perform as well. I’m going to show you.”
Kobe also discussed why continuing as teammates with Shaquille O’neal just “wouldn’t work”:
“There’s things that I wanted to do with my career and take my career to another level, that I was just incapable of doing as long as we were playing together. “
But Kobe admits that he wasn’t so confident about the split when the Lakers took on their rivals The Boston Celtics in 2008. He admitted to doubting himself and the team:
“I was like, ‘Man, I’m never going to win another championship. Maybe everybody was right. I can’t win without Shaq. This is my one opportunity, and I blew it.”
It’s crazy to think Kobe has been playing for as long as he has. He’s still fresh faced, so the idea of anyone even mentioning the word “retire” seems odd, but it did come up.
“I’ve been playing for 17 years now, so next year will be my 17th and then, when I’m 35, it will be my 18th year in the league. I mean that’s a long time to be playing. It will be the last year in my contract, so I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll play any longer than that.”
Whether Kobe plays ten more years or hangs it up soon, at least he’ll be remembered for all those championships, never passing the ball, and that scandal…Wait is that last part not good? Either way, he’s definitely leaving behind a legacy, and will never be forgotten.