During the latest episode of HBO’s ‘Real Sports,’ Kobe Bryant went one-on-one with Andrea Kremer and talked about a range of topics from how he’s viewed by his peers, how he motivates teammates and his rocky relationship with his parents. In the video clip above, Kobe is asked if he thinks his parents will show up to his final game.
“I’ve thought about it,” Kobe replies. “I’m not sure. Probably not.”
Considering how involved and present they were during his first games in the NBA – I still remember the famous shot of his Mom going crazy during a preseason game after Kobe threw down a vicious dunk after crossing his defender – it’s really sad to see his basketball journey end without the people that brought him into this world, put the ball in his hands and started him on this journey.
But I can’t say i’m surprised to hear he’s still separated from his parents. 2 years ago, Kobe filed a cease-and-desist order when his mother wanted to sell a bunch of his high school and early basketball achievements and memorabilia, along with two 2000 Lakers Championship rings designed just for his parents, via an auction house for an estimated $1.5 million.
A few months later, his parents issued an apology to Kobe via a publicist.