A little tidbit on Kobe’s media session for the first time in 2 weeks after jetting off to South Africa for the World Cup.
ESPN: “I already know what you’re here for,” Kobe Bryant said with a sly smile Wednesday as he approached a pack of reporters holding cameras and microphones at his fourth annual summer camp, the Kobe Bryant Basketball Skills Academy, held for the first time at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Bryant was making his first comments to American media in two weeks after jetting off to South Africa for the World Cup, but it didn’t take long before the conversation shifted to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the free-agent frenzy that kicked off while Bryant was out of the country.
“I know all three of them very well, I’m friends with all three of them,” he said about his former Olympic teammates. “I’m happy for Wade and for Bosh, they seem really happy with their decision. For me it’s always been about them as people. I don’t really care about the basketball stuff; that stuff will work itself out. As long as they’re really happy with their decisions, that’s what really matters most.”
Bryant said he spoke to Wade and Bosh about their decisions in recent months, but not James. He empathized with their situations, having gone through it himself six years ago when he was courted by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippersbefore ultimately re-signing with the Lakers.
“Those are tough decisions to make; I was a part of it before [in 2004],” Bryant said. “These are tough decisions. It affects your family and obviously the rest of your career. These are the decisions that you have to take some time and really evaluate them.”