Kobe Bryant Q&A: On Revenge Next Year, Mamba Mentality, Kobe 9 Elite Reviewed by Momizat on . Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was out at Westfield Culver City Mall on Saturday where thousands of Lakers and Kobe fans gathered to listen to the five-ti Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was out at Westfield Culver City Mall on Saturday where thousands of Lakers and Kobe fans gathered to listen to the five-ti Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant Q&A: On Revenge Next Year, Mamba Mentality, Kobe 9 Elite

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was out at Westfield Culver City Mall on Saturday where thousands of Lakers and Kobe fans gathered to listen to the five-time NBA champion talk about the inspiration behind his new Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe, and specifically, The Masterpiece.

What inspired Bryant to create a high top shoe? What does the Mamba mentality mean to Kobe? Which Mamba mentality moment means the most to him? What can fans expect from Kobe as the end of his career draws near? Bryant’s question and answer session with Jeff G., aka The Sports Dude On Power 106, is below.

Jeff G.: You just signed a two-year deal…talk about that means to you and what the fans can expect the last two years from Kobe.

Kobe: “This year, we all know it’s been a real tough year for us right? So what I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down because next year it ain’t gunna be this way.”

Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.”

JG: There’s a lot of people that have had a lack of faith in the team and your recovery and all those things, but that’s all motivation [for you]?

Kobe: “You’ve got to appreciate that and enjoy that and use that as fuel as motivation to basically just shut everybody the hell up. It’s that challenge, that challenge that drives us all, I think, and definitely keeps me going.”

JG: How does it feel to have your 9th signature shoe?

Kobe: “It’s a huge honor I’m very fortunate to partner with a great company like Nike that really allows me to push innovation and kind of tell my story through the product.”

JG: Nick (Young) thinks he’s the swaggiest of the swaggiest. Who’s got more swag, you or swaggy?

Kobe: “It really doesn’t matter to me. He can wear the 9s and we’ll say Kobe night, designed by Swaggy P. I’m cool with that. He can have all the swag he wants to, man. As long as he plays defense makes shots, I don’t give a damn.”

JG: Clothes are swaggy but rings are swagger…

Kobe: “Hey man listen, it doesn’t get more swaggier than that.”

JG: How about the decision to go with the high cut silhouette?

Kobe: “Honestly, I got that from watching a good friend of mine, Manny Pacquiao spar. I went to one of his sparring sessions and he was wearing his Nike Pacquiao boots and I’m just sitting there watching him move and watching how it’s kind of keeping his foot locked in but he still had good range of movement, and I said you know what, I wonder if I can do that with a basketball shoe and then that’s when that idea first started kicking in.”

JG: What is the Black Mamba mentality?

Kobe: “It’s really about no matter what happens come hell or high water you’re going to figure it out. No matter what. No matter what. So whatever obstacle you meet whatever form of resistance you meet or negativity or injury or whatever the case may be you have this inner belief and inner confidence that you are going to figure out a way to get this done and I think that’s what this mamba mentality represents the most is this never die attitude.”

JG: Are there any moments in your career that are really a true reflection of that mamba mentality?

Kobe: “The 81-point game would seem like that would be it but honestly last year at the All-Star break… that was it. Because it was like you know what I’ve got take this All-Star break, refocus, get in better shape and come back the second half of the season with no mercy and get this team to the playoffs, but that was tough. You’re five games back in the Western Conference, you’re pretty much a nail in a coffin.”

Kobe Bryant Explains The Mamba Mentality And Describes The Moment In His Career That Showcased It The Most

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  • Jay Brodes

    nice…i really wanna see the mid cut of the kbix flyknit version! get well soon!!! hope he changes his miind and plays for team usa this summer!

  • Adam Contreras

    Very nice! Time is running out big & the Lakers needs to make changes. Starting with D’Antoni.

    • Chrmngblly

      Wrong. It starts with Jim Buss. Otherwise, we get the Howard blunder over and over.

  • steve

    The best bench in the league is coming out of this season for next season.

    • fakerstolakers

      Lakers fans have become pathetic. Fakers. Look at the clippers. Bench is Glen Davis and Danny Granger. That is better than Lakers starting line up.

      • Justyn Murphy

        and where oh where is your precious clipper nation page? I respect the Clips and you are the better squad but look up in the rafters and you will see 0 titles from you, and 16 from the Lakers. Speak wisely and that my friend isn’t faking that’s reality #Lakeshow no hate though good luck to the #clips as long as someone beats MIA

        • fakerstolakrs

          Past is the Past is the HIstory. And, I do not need lessons from you. I have seen all the Lakers finals, from Magic to Kobe.

          I would never support Sterling’s Clippers, but, the ownership should not have any impact on the players. They are trying.

          Jerry Buss was the true Basketball hero of Los Angeles.

          Clippers will always be San Diego.

          Take a history Lesson.

          As far as beating Miami, with Glen Davis, they have a big shot.

          Miami does not have any muscle on front court. Bosh is pathetic, a max contract power forward who averages 6 rebounds per game.

      • Chrmngblly

        You are so desperate.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    This is for all those NBA Draft geeks out there,well the list supply you is of players that are most NBA ready,with the Kobe window closing the Lakers need the sure thing not the long term prospect.But i myself prefer drafting a player like Wiggins with the highest ceiling and he will contribute right away.

    Jabari is the guy that is most NBA ready.Dante Exum is the least NBA ready on my list because he is only 18 and not in College and he played against inferior competition in Australia and he will need time to learn the NBA game also he needs to grow into his body but he has the second highest ceiling in this draft behind Wiggins.Embiid has very high potential to be a all time great.Lakers have a big choice to make come Draft night.

    Top 10 Of Players That Are NBA Ready
    1. Jabari Parker
    2. Marcus Smart
    3.Andrew Wiggins
    4. Julius Randle
    5. Joel Embid
    6. Rodney Hood
    7. Doug McDermott
    8. Aaron Gordon
    9. Tyler Ennis
    10. Dante Exum

    • vdogg

      you also have to take into account embiid’s injury concerns. his back seems to be a lingering issue.

    • Chrmngblly

      Randle is the second coming of Chris Kaman.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Just another day,stop thinking don’t think.Just let it all play out Kobe.:-)

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