MSNBC: On a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Kobe Bryant revealed that he’s a Harry Potter fan. He also had his wife in the audience — she happily responded to a couple of Kimmel queries — and he sat uneasily because, he said, he hurt his back while vacuuming.
This could just be a kinder, gentler Kobe Bryant, a contented family man, chatting about his vacation to Cabo, exchanging wisecracks with the host, showing off his inability to pick out clothes.
Or it could be a diversion.
As everyone in the basketball universe knows, Bryant demanded a trade on Memorial Day weekend. Actually, he demanded a trade, backed off, demanded a trade, backed off … There were so many reversals in position I thought I was watching a presidential debate.
But he’s been relatively quiet ever since. Meanwhile, the rest of the NBA world has been noisy.
Kevin Garnett, rumored to be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, instead was traded to the Boston Celtics to join Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Reggie Miller may come out of retirement to join them, along with Robert Parish and Bob Cousy.
Kobe’s reaction? Shhhhh. If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sounds of veins popping on his forehead.