Kobe Bryant recently sat down with Laker Nation’s own David Brickley, Jason Riley, and Kevin Figgers.

In part one of their sit down conversation, Bryant discusses why the 2012 Olympic team would beat the 1992 Dream Team, and reveals what Olympic teammate he grew closest with in 2008.

Bryant also talked about why he succeeds in the clutch:

Jason Riley: What is it about the last few seconds of the game, on the line, that kind of brings the best out of you?

Kobe Bryant: “You just got to have the fearlessness to really take those shots, because if you miss those shots then you have to deal with the criticism. You have to deal with…

JR: “Us talking about it right?”

KB: “Right! A lot of times people kind of get apprehensive about taking those shots because of that.”

David Brickley: “Right when we mentioned it, it seemed you were smiling already just thinking about the word ‘clutch’”

KB: “It’s always been a myth to me as to why certain people don’t really like those situations because of the pressure. Because we have all lost games before. So its not like by you missing that shot you’re about to face something that you will never face again. Or haven’t faced in the past. We’ve all came up short at one time or another. You just got to let it all hang out, trust your skills, and trust the work that you have put in.”

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