Yeah, you know, rightfully so.
I think when you enter a certain level of competitiveness, uh, no performance status, I think that comes with, you know, I think they said the same thing about injury.
You know, you get about Steve Kerr story, and I think it's just when you put so much time into your craft that paddles.
Everything happened back about Lauren.
I think that's why it's a little bit from people looking on and talk about how he was supposed to be shoot every clutch shot and everything like that.
But I think he's fined 20 years, just trying to play at the highest level competitively.
You have to have that.
I think what she stepped away from the game, you know, he didn't need to be competitive.
Yeah, basketball's a team sport, but I'm going out, for example, setting the standard.
Once he retired, he started to become a family business.
Hey had that competitive edge, but it wasn't what he needed in basketball and I think he was able to cultivate that.
It's about knowing that he had to deal with different type of people that he wasn't competing against certain people.
Maur competing with himself.
Hey, guys, John Gold with yard marker, joined by my boy Forrest Whitaker.
We're here to talk.
It's been a few days.
Still cannot believe the tragic helicopter accident that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter G. And seven more.
I don't think it's something I'll ever get over.
I grew up in 1000 Oaks, California, home of Mama Academy, maybe 45 minutes to an hour away from Staples Center, an hour away from Great Western Forum.
I grew up with Kobe Bryant.
I was 12 when he was a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, and I got the incredible honor of covering him later in my life for the Los Angeles Daily News and for ESPN.
I was covering the Lakers from 2008 to 2013.
I got to see maybe the meanest Kobe I got to see this ruthless version of the heroes that I grew up idolizing and worshiping.
Um, and I got to see him evolve into a not just a ruthless competitors, but that mamba mentality really came out late in his career.
And then you saw maybe the last year of his career and then into retirement.
This incredible softening you saw him not only grows a man not only grows a father but grow as a human and as a player, we saw him embraced the idea of becoming an elder statesman in the league.
We saw him really covet the relationships that he formed throughout the league.
Last night, I got a chance to interview Solomon Hill of the Memphis Grizzlies.
They played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
I live in New York, went to the game, and I talked to Solomon about what it was like to watch Kobe go from this killer, this killer instinct guy into a softer version of himself who was still Kobe but didn't have the same kind of edge to him.
Take a look with salt instead.
So is Solomon said.
It wasn't so much Kobe the player that evolved.
It was Kobe the man.
It was Kobe, the father who evolved, and it was incredible to watch him really blossomed into this well rounded guy who understood his role, who understood his purpose on earth and who left an imprint that I think will stay forever for Yard barker.