Kobe Bryant Chats About His New Coach, The Lakers Championship Run, & Retirement

November 15, 2012 8:39 am
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Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Thursday to chat about “United Way’s 5K Homewalk“, practicing with his new coach Mike D’Antoni for the first time later today, and what he expects from the Lakers this year.

What Do You Tell The Lakers As Their Leader?
“There are no excuses. Sometimes you can get into the attitude of ‘Poor us. There’s too much drama going on.’ No! That’s not going to work around here. Come hell or high water we got to get this job done. By any means necessary this job has to get done. I don’t care what happens in November, December, January, but come June there better be a parade on Figueroa. That’s the message. There’s no time for excuses.”

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On The Lakers Championship Run & Retirement:
“I don’t know how many years I have left. I just want one more [championship]. Then the young guys can have the league. Let me get my last one or two.” Has Kobe thought of retirement? “It’s always a tough call. I think that playing three more years is a bit much. This is my 17th year.” Black Mamba laughs, “My bodies kinda talking back to me a little bit!”

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On Supporting “United Way’s 5K Homewalk”
The “Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation” has focused on eliminating youth homelessness in Los Angeles, and to that end Kobe has chosen to co-chair “United Way’s 5K Homewalk” for the second year at Exposition Park.

“It’s important for us to understand the issues, and understand how some families become homeless. We try to help them out as much as we possibly can to get them back on their feet, and give them a stable future,” Kobe says.

If you are interested in helping the homeless of Los Angeles feel free to register on-site to walk on Kobe’s team.  Listen to the full interview above.


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