LA Times: For Lakers fans, it was the most intriguing on-paper pairing of the post-Garnett Pipe Dream portion of this long, hot, cruel summer: Kobe on “Kimmel!” Or, to quote the frenzied text messages that whipped around town on Wednesday: “KOBE SPEAKS!”
It had been a long time waiting for SoCal summer sufferers. While old rivals such as the Trailblazers and the Celtics and the stumbled into revitalizing oasis pools during June and July, Lakers fans have spent the entire off-season through the desert, gasping for a drop of anything hope-sustaining, grasping at mirages, starving on false promises. A lot had gone down lately, and Bryant hadn’t said much about it. So, at quarter-past the midnight hour, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” suddenly became must-see TV around here.
Thousands tuned in to hear Kobe talk about Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal, Mitch Kupchak.
Instead, they listened to Kobe talk about vacuum cleaners, David Beckham and Harry Potter.
There were no questions about any of the recent I-want-out controversy or the Lakers’ controversial moves / non-moves that have seemed to exacerbate the Kobe-Lakers stalemate.