90041010AB005_KNICKS_LAKERSNew York Times: The Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Kobe Bryant talked to Jonathan Abrams of The Times. Here is a transcript of the interview.

Q. Does a player have to evolve his game to remain relevant and what has the process been like for you?
A. KOBE BRYANT: They’re all one in the same. It’s just working, enjoying what I do. I think I’m really fortunate because I really love what I do. They’re players who do it because they’re good at it or use it as a means just to provide or accolades or adoration. That’s a different kind of motivation. When you do something that you truly, truly love doing, you find yourself wanting to do it all the time.
Q. Why did you start using Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s former trainer?
A. I was just having some issues that I felt I could get better at, areas that I felt were weak that my previous training program wasn’t hitting on, so I wanted to get better. I had kind of plataued doing the other stuff. So I wanted to get better and improve, so I sought him out.
Q. What areas?
A. All kinds of areas. I won’t go into specific, but I just wanted to get better.
Q. Do you feel like you still have room to grow as a player?
A. I do. I do. I think there’s so much more to understand. A lot of it just has to do with winning. It has nothing to do with me as an individual. Just more so, how can I lead these guys? That’s kind of been the evolution as a basketball player. When you first come into the league, you’re trying to prove yourself as an individual, do things to assert yourself and establish yourself. But then once you’ve done that, there’s another level to the game that’s more complex than figuring out how to put up big numbers as an individual. That’s easy to do.
Q. Do you think your game has evolved since even two, three years ago?
A. Oh, without a doubt. A lot of that has to do with the team that I have because they allow me to explore those other areas of my game because they’re better basketball players, so that enables me to sit back and say, ‘OK, I don’t have to score 40 points a game to keep us competitive.’ I can start thinking the game more and thinking how can I use the pieces that I have here as opposed to thinking, ‘Damn, I’ve got to put my head down and go out there and try to beat two or three guys just to keep us in the game.’ So, I think they help me get to another level of understanding the game.”
  • Short Dog

    That’s What’s Up. Kobe the Living Legend.
    Haters stay off my nuts.
    The more you hate on something the stronger it gets.
    Lakers#1

    • Smartkobe

      I’m sick and tired of your racist and discriminating comments against people like me. Just because I’m a Laker and Celtic fan. I love the NBA that’s it.

      • http://LakersNation Marwan

        You’re a fan of both? Wow and here I am thinking you were a Celtic fan only. Well I wont talk trash to you because you are half a Laker fan but I hate you because you are a Celtics fan. Although in your comments you are always saying “Go Celtics” or “Celtics beat Lakers” that seems abit bias in the Celtics’ favor.

        But then again being a fan of both is like saying “Im half black and half white”. You are hated by some and loved by others. Racism these days, I hate it but you cant avoid seeing it.

        I actually prefer the company of black people more than I do with white. I dont know why, Im white myself.

        Oh well, back to basketball, Lakers will repeat and 3 peat.

        • Smartkobe

          I love the Lakers because of Trevor, Lamar, and the cutest of them all Kobe. My team when it’s crunch time is the Bloody Irish. Yes the Reds Army. But please help me stop all this hate.

  • gugy

    Kobe is an example of a professional athlete. That’s all I have to say.
    We are lucky to have him on our team.

  • 242LakerFan

    Interesting, but nothing new. Nothing that hasn’t been asked or said already.

  • pleeoc

    For NBA fans, there’s much to be thankful for… (NBA.com)

    *MUST READ FOR TLN*

    http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/shaun_powell/11/25/thanks/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      This man has a point. This article was actually worth the time. Sums up Kobe in one word and thats all thats needed.

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      CLICK THAT LINK!

  • Lakerfan123

    Great article but Kobe is a guard not a forward.

    Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Smartkobe

      Do you have any green and black Jordans.
      I love Jordans they are so cool.

  • Smartkobe

    The person as smartkobe is really Short Dog. He has been taking my name and saying really crazy gay comments. I am changing my name because of it. Please don’t listen to this pathetic loser.

    • Short Dog

      Keep my name out your mouth you gay bitch.
      Like I said myhome info is all over the place. lets settle this homo.
      Short Dog
      I’m not hiding bitch or playing games.