After 20 season that included 5 Championships and 17 All Star game appearances as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant announced that this season would be his last in the NBA.
Bryant’s father, Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant, appeared on the Brown and Scoop Podcast on CBS Radio’s Play.It network to discuss the launching of his new basketball instructional video which you can check out below.
In his first media appearance since Kobe announced his retirement at season’s end, Jellybean discussed his son leaving the game. An accomplished hooper in his own right, the elder Bryant is a retired eleven year NBA vet as well as a former head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. “As a parent, just looking at your child living his dream,” Joe Bryant told Brown and Scoop. Everybody asks me do you think Kobe was ever going to be this good…I said listen…as a parent I’m just happy my kid has a good job and doing something they enjoy as a parent.”
On seeing it from a fans perspective:
As a fan, just watching him play and putting up all those points and playing at such a high level at such a great organization like the Lakers. I think that’s probably one of the important things. These kids come out of school and they worry about being a number one pick, number two pick, I think it’s more important that you get with the right organization and Kobe was able to do that and as you see, playing with one organization is really something special.
Kobe has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan for pretty much his entire career. With five NBA championships where does he stand?
Joe On Kobe vs. Jordan Comparisons and whether it bothers him:
No, not at all. Michael was Michael. Michael was special. Kobe is Kobe. Kobe was special. You’re not going to find too many players with a similar body, similar height. Kobe grew up watching Michael. We had to overseas, we didn’t have all those internet stuff that you have now. We had this film company called Pontelle that you used to deliver VHS tapes to us. We used to share them throughout the Americans overseas and we used to catch all the games. Sure, they were two or three weeks old, but for us it was new. Kobe had a chance to watch Chicago, Detroit, all those series that were so great. No, Michael is great. Kobe is great.
You can check out the interview in its entirety below