Kobe Bryant wants you to know something about him and his beef with Shaq.
“It just wasn’t going to happen, it’s not in the cards,” Kobe said about maintaining a close bond with Shaq as Lakers teammates. “There’s things I wanted to do in my career, take my career to another level, that I was just uncapable of doing as long as we were playing together which I was fine with doing until I heard him say a few times, ‘Kobe’s not going to be as succesful without me, this, that and the other.’
That kind of became the chatter — once that became the chatter, it’s like, ‘Wait, whoa, whoa, whoa. No, no, no. I can do this.’ It just wasn’t going to work. No matter what happened, even if we had won that [2004 NBA Finals] championship, I would have just, me being a free agent, there was just no way. I had to accept this change, I had to see what I could do.”
“One of the big problems that he had with me is that I’m extremely, brutally honest with my guys,” Kobe added. “If a player’s not working as hard as he should, I’m gonna tell him. And that includes somebody’s whose 7’3, 400 pounds. [laughs] Which is probably not the smartest thing in the world to do, but you know, it is what it is.
I don’t pull any punches. I think that’s why there’s such a great deal of respect, still, from him to me and vice versa. He knows what I’m about, he knows I’m not going to sugarcoat things and he knows I’m going to be straight up and honest about him.”
And now…the video.
I see said the blind man. And now…
This is EbenGregory.com…telling you it’s not a diss story, it’s a real story. They should’ve stayed in Food and Beverage, but some of y’all won’t get that.