I don't think Kobe needs it for the more motivation than he already has, I just think he enjoys having fun with it like anyone else would. I doubt he 'needs' it for motivation, but at the same time it isn't gonna prevent him from having fun with it.
I don't think he needs it either. Never did. I'm simply saying it's pretty clear based off of evidence you can at least say he's payed attention to it & acknowledged it.