MTV.com: MTV: Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. What do you make of the situation with Kobe Bryant? You are, after all, the most famous Lakers fan in the world.
Nicholson: I’m also a Yankees fan. The implosion of these organizations is what’s driving me crazy. I just want to see ballgames and be entertained. Kobe is a great player. Of course I want him to stay here. But being a fan I know we have a lot of good players here. I’ve seen them play together well for stretches. Potentially we’re a lot better than people think. However, it is about the organization. Look at the Celtics. That’s nothing but good management. They got a player I wish the Lakers had drafted, Gabriel Pruitt. He shut down every point guard he played in the NCAA, and that’s the player the Lakers need really. I have followed sports since World War II. And when it comes up that they can’t play together because they don’t like one another, it’s like, what? Give us a break! They wouldn’t have this problem if Jerry West was there because they respected him.