Kobe Bryant On Playing the 3 & 4 & Having A Farewell Tour
As evident by the presence of a few cameras and mics, the return of Kobe Bryant was clearly the biggest story out of the Lakers’ camp during Monday’s media day. Most of the questions being asked to the 37 year old going into his 20th season – with the last 3 ending in injuries – were about his future and the possibility of hanging up his sneakers after this season.
“If it is, it is,” Bryant said. “If it isn’t, I’ll be ready for next season. I don’t spend too much time thinking about it. I’ve got enough to think about.”
Among those things is showing the young guns on the team what he’s learned since he first put on the purple and gold back back in 1996.
“I’m excited to be back on the court,” said Bryant. “I’m excited to be out there with the young players who are starting their careers, starting their journeys. I’m excited to help them out and kind of show them things I’ve learned. I’m as excited for this season as I’ve been in a long time.”
One thing he seems to have mixed emotions about is having a farewell tour like Dr J and former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“It could get to become a pain in the ass, but when I sit back and think about it, it’s actually cool, because it means that you’ve had a really good career and people want to know when the time is coming for you to hang ’em up,” Bryant said. “Like me, don’t like me, [but people] respect the career that I’ve had. I think that’s a pretty damn cool thing.”
David Aldridge – who has been interviewing Kobe since his first season – got some private time with Bryant to talk about the upcoming season and the possibility of playing some 3 and 4. Bryant said he doesn’t have to prepare for those positions any differently because of the evolution of the position.
“It would be different if we were playing in the 90s and you asked me to play the 4. Larry Johnson and guys like that. Now the 4 nowadays are really slightly taller 2 guards.”