It’s interesting to know that the person most people see Kobe emulating all his life [Michael Jordan] wasn’t introduced to him until after moving back to the United States. Kobe touches on Magic Johnson being his favorite because only the Lakers and Celtics were that big overseas for a long time. Kobe points out that when he was younger the basketball wasn’t as global as it is now. Kobe also talks about his exposure to Italian culture and more. Hit the jump to check out the clip [and another bonus]
Here is the full interview if you want to see it. Kobe talks about retirement, relationships with Phil Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, the rape trial, self-doubt, advice from Michael Jordan and much more. A very GOOD interview. One of the best with Kobe we’ve seen.