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MUST-READ interview with Kobe. Opens up, lots of new info 

Post#1 » by Imadogg » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:11 pm

Have you ever been intimidated on the basketball court?

Never. Not at all. My mind doesn’t work that way. It’s something that’s never even entered my thought process. The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s---less. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass. But then I realized he didn’t kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of. That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.

Usually self-appointed nicknames don’t really stick, but Black Mamba has had real staying power.

Well, actually I didn’t come up with it. I think I was playing ball in the park in New York and they just started calling me that, and it just stuck.

Who would you most like to play one-on-one, either active or retired?

Jordan. No question.

What would happen?

I’m not sure, but he would win some and I would win some in a seven-game series. It would probably come down to the last few shots.

You versus LeBron? Who wins?

Me. No question. As far as one-on-one, I’m the best to ever do it.

Damn. That’s pretty confident.

LeBron is a terrific all-around, five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I’d get him.

Who could get you?

Kevin Durant is the guy that would give me the most trouble. With his length and ability to use the dribble, he’d be tough.

I always wanted to see you play Tracy McGrady.

I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.

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Like I said, must-read and great stuff
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Post#2 » by TyCobb » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:16 pm

Definitely a great read. The wife bit was funny.
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Post#3 » by Father Time » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:24 pm

the karate thing is funny haha
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Post#4 » by albasuna » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:28 pm

this Kobe guy seems cool.
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Post#5 » by ballaholick » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:57 pm

very interesting read to say the least
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Post#6 » by Mamba Venom » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:42 am

GREAT interview

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Post#7 » by Jakay » Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:38 am

I'd love to hear him and Nash reminisce in a few years about the league, since they were the same draft class and all (I think). Win or not, I bet it would be really interesting.
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Post#8 » by dockingsched » Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:40 am

so he didn't come up with black mamba? interesting.
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Post#9 » by dj20001 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:39 pm

dockingsched wrote:so he didn't come up with black mamba? interesting.


How long has the Black Mamba nickname been around for? Since 2003 or so maybe? He did play at the Rucker around that time and they are known for giving nicknames up there. Definitely wouldn't surprise me if that's where the monicker originated.
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Post#10 » by beans-boy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:45 pm

Kobe put 50 on Jordan when he played the wizards that I'll ima say....

Kobe on Jordan's bulls gets 8 rings
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Post#11 » by snaquille oatmeal » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:41 pm

doubt he can beat Lebron now
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Post#12 » by beans-boy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:48 pm

2002 Kobe rips LBJ
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Post#13 » by snaquille oatmeal » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:58 pm

this is 2013 and he is talking in the present tense
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Post#14 » by Lowkey » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:38 pm

beans-boy wrote:Kobe put 50 on Jordan when he played the wizards that I'll ima say....

Kobe on Jordan's bulls gets 8 rings


MJ was also 40 years old at the time too
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Post#15 » by TruSkool » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:04 pm

Kobe is lying.

1. A 6 year old doesn't have the mental capability to "determine whether intimidation or fear is a factor"

2. T-Mac said he NEVER played Kobe 1 on 1. They never even went to Germany together.


some of his interviews are common sense. just because he's kobe he may be a superpower on the court but he's just one of us on the street
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Post#16 » by Lowkey » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:06 pm

TruSkool wrote:Kobe is lying.

1. A 6 year old doesn't have the mental capability to "determine whether intimidation or fear is a factor"

2. T-Mac said he NEVER played Kobe 1 on 1. They never even went to Germany together.


some of his interviews are common sense. just because he's kobe he may be a superpower on the court but he's just one of us on the street


So you determined he's lying over Tmac possibly lying how?

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