Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kobe Bryant doesn't have a bestfriend, despises dog feces and reveals other fun facts.

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Kobe Bryant is not a normal human being. It is long documented that he is a perfectionist, a man that does whatever it takes to get better at his craft. At age 34, with 5 rings, he doesn't have to do it, he has nothing to prove, yet Kobe gets up at 4 a.m. every day to do his workout. He doesn't go to sleep or can't sleep because he wants to be four hours better than everybody else, everyday. It is this mentality that makes him great and one of best to ever play this sport.

Despite being in the spotlight for the last 17 years of his life (that is half the time, since he arrived on this Earth), we don't know Kobe like other athletes who reveal everything. He doesn't talk about himself, rarely releasing personal information to the public. That is why this recent interview is kind of special, we get a sneak peek into Kobe's life that is disassociated from the obsessive maniac stories.

From ESPN:
What do you Google?

Fourth-grade math problems when I’m helping my daughter. And if I can’t figure something else out then I’ll look it up. But other than that I really don’t Google anything.
Should have went to College. Seriously though, I don't believe there is algebra in 4th grade math.

On the topic of Django and a possible bio-pic on Kobe Bryant:
What about Samuel Jackson (to play Kobe in a bio-pic)? You cuss like him.

[Sheepish smile.] That would be something. [Does a brief PG-rated Sam Jackson impression.
This needs to happen and would probably be the greatest thing in the history of ever.

If he nails this scene, he's winning an Oscar.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I hate dog s---. I won’t go near it. So pissed when I step in it. I’ve got four dogs and I just don’t do dog doo. I’m a diva when it comes to that. Back in the day when I was in Italy, I used to order shoes from Nike all the time. I had to have all the fresh joints. I ordered the Elephant Print Jordans that were amazing. I went to the park to play and stepped in a huge pile of dog s---. You wouldn’t believe how mad I was. I was breaking off sticks to try to get it out of the crevices. I smacked them together and scraped the soles on the curb but couldn’t get it all out. Ever since that day I just can’t stand dog crap. 
The most normal thing Kobe has ever mentioned in his career. Evey one loves dogs (If you don't, you are dead to me. Unless you do but are allergic to them, then we are cool) but hate cleaning after them. That's why we have assholes that leave their dog's dropping in the park, ruining your new Jordan's that costed a huge chunk of change.
When was the last time you pumped your own gas?

Yesterday. I do all of life’s daily tasks. The other day my wife and I stopped at 7-11 and I pulled up to the pump and I started to pump some gas. She went inside to buy something and was waiting in line. The guy in front of her sees me outside but doesn’t see her. He says, “Man, there’s Kobe Bryant pumping his own gas.” My wife says to the guy, “He wipes his own a--, too.”

She came back out and we had a big laugh about it. We both have the same sense of humor when it comes to stuff like that. But, yeah, I do the same things as everyone else.  
I guess to marry Kobe, you have to sort of be like Kobe Bryant? Sharp tongues for days.
Who is your best friend in the NBA that’s not a former teammate?

[Long pause.] There’s nobody I’m really hanging out with and going out with every night. But I’d probably say Carmelo Anthony. We’re pretty close. A lot of the guys from Team USA I get along with really well. I really respect those guys.
This is really sad. I mean we all kind of know this because of how many ex-players have written books and went to the media to vent out their hate for the Mamba. But for him to admit it, is just depressing. Let's go give him a hug or something.

For those who wanted Cheerio jokes on that last quote, you are sick. No you are not, I just couldn't find a way to make it work. Sorry, I have failed you.