For fourteen seasons, Kobe Bryant has cracked, fractured, strained, torn, cut, bruised, nicked, and risked every party of his finely tuned self. And he’s got the rings – and the scars – to show for it.
In the March issue of GQ (on newsstands nationwide February 23), GQ sits down with the notoriously private Kobe to discuss his many injuries, going to the Olympics, and his famously volatile relationship with Shaq.
Kobe on being surrounded by the best of the best athletes at the Olympics: “I felt like Harry Potter going to Hogwarts.”
Kobe on his relationship with Shaq: “The biggest mistake I made was responding to what he was saying about me. Once I responded, now that made it seem like I was part of that whole thing. It’s like, Okay, these two are against each other. As opposed to just staying quiet, which is what I’ve been doing the last few years. Let him say what he needs to say.”
Kobe on how his win-at-all-costs mindset doesn’t carry over to the rest of his life: “What people see on court is another side of me; it’s not me. That dark side that’s coming to get you – ha ha! I’m not losing this f*cking game – that’s not who I am. That’s part of me. Off the court, I’m completely different.”