What does Kobe Bryant think of Lebron James’s decision to take his talents back to his hometown, in signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers?
We knew the question was coming eventually. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Bryant mainly discussed his business inspirations and his upcoming Showtime documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” as well as his plans for building up his corporation, Kobe Inc. But, the interviewer also slipped in a question about whether Bryant thought James’ decision to go back to Cleveland was important for the league.
Bryant gave an answer, very much displaying his understanding of the general mass media.
“It depends how you shape the story,” Bryant told Bloomberg News. “Had he stayed in Miami, there’s a great story that you can mold and frame around that. You go to Cleveland, there’s a way you can mold and so, it really just depends on what his personal truth is. I think he communicated his truth extremely well in why he decided to go to Cleveland and that’s what you have to stick to.”
The truth Bryant is referring to can be found in James’ very well-written essay, a Sports Illustrated exclusive, “I’m Coming Home,” in which James explains his decision to go back to Cleveland as being far bigger than basketball and more centered on the responsibility he feels to the people of Cleveland. Bryant’s had both the privilege and, ultimately, the decision of playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, something fans may never experience after this next generation of athletes.
“For me, I was just very fortunate to be with an organization and with an owner, and now it’s Jimmy and Jeanie, who are just world class,” Bryant said as he finished up his interview with Bloomberg News. “They pride themselves in taking care of their athletes and trying to build championship teams.”
In recent weeks, Bryant has made several public statements in support of Jim and Jeanie Buss. A little over three months ago, Bryant made headlines when he called for change this summer, starting at the top with management having a clear direction and authority. Fast forward three months later and Bryant has voiced his approval for the moves the Lakers have made this off-season.
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