Last week, we spent some extended time with Kobe Bryant in a 1-on-1 setting at the Lakers practice facility, shooting the interview in the D-Fenders locker room.
We broke the interview down into three parts (click on the links to watch):
Part I: His Achilles
- Bryant called his Achilles “really strong,” detailed his day-to-day rehabilitation process with Lakers head physical therapist Dr. Judy Seto, discussed why he’s confident he’ll come back as the same effective player and guessed at his return date.
Part II: Dwight Howard
- Bryant revealed the reasons why he hopes Howard chooses to return to the Lakers, the importance of letting Howard come to the decision on his own as opposed to “convincing” him and described what it’s meant to him playing for the Lakers for 17 seasons.
Part III: His Legacy
- In the final chapter, Bryant discusses how long he thinks he can continue to play at an elite level (three years at least, which is somewhat of a revelation as he’d as recently as last season discussed retirement after his contract is up in 2014), reveals his all-time starting five, explains to what degree rings tell the story for a player’s legacy, talks about how the game has developed in his 17 years in the league and more.