Kobe Bryant is making the rounds to promote his new book, “The Mamba Mentality.” He stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, the same day the book was released, and had an absolute ball chatting with Kimmel about everything from the Los Angeles Lakers to teaching his daughter how to drive. He even talked about … tap dancing?
Of course Kimmel had to ask Kobe about the Lakers and their current issues. The team is currently 0-3, and Kimmel wanted to know how many consecutive games the Lakers would have to lose for Kobe to un-retire and come back to the team.
Kimmel suggested 20, but Kobe said that the Lakers going 0-5 would get him to think about it. Zero and five! That’s a pretty low bar, considering they only need to lose two more games to get there. Kobe is happily retired, but even at 40 he could probably help the struggling Lakers. He was definitely joking, but someone might want to make sure the Lakers know that. Zero and five is pretty easy to get to if Kobe’s teasing a comeback.
There are a bunch of other Kobe nuggets in his interview with Kimmel. He’s having a great time coaching his daughter’s basketball team, but he takes it very seriously.
“We’re trying to teach the kids what excellence looks like. Some of them may want to play in the WNBA, some of them may not, but we try to give them a foundation of the amount of work and preparation it takes to be excellent in whatever it is you choose to do.”
Kobe said that his daughter definitely wants to play in the WNBA, and he’s already bursting with pride over her talent and her tenacity. But teaching her to drive with his wife, Vanessa, has been just a little stressful.
Maybe he could try warning her when she’s about to hit a curb, but everyone has his or her own teaching style.
Kobe also talked about a detail he revealed in his book: to help his ankles during his playing days, he learned how to tap dance. He even had to have his tap shoes specially made, because they don’t make them in size 14.
He only did it for about a year, but he got a great story out of the experience.
“My first class though, I walked into the studio, and it’s all these like six year olds, seven year olds. Straight up, man. Studio (in) Santa Monica. And these kids are looking at me like, ‘What in the world are you — what is this grown-a– man doing in here learning to tap dance?”
Kobe Bryant learning to tap dance in a class where he’s literally twice as tall as all the kids there, that’s an incredible image.
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