Tuesday, April 13, 2010
E:60 preview: Kobe Bryant's relationship with Philadelphia
By Andy Kamenetzky
Tonight, at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN's E:60 program will be taking an in-depth look at Kobe Bryant's tumultuous relationship with his hometown of Philadelphia. He's interviewed by fellow Philly native Lisa Salters, who offers the following perspective:
"You can't really think about any major superstar who has the kind of relationship with his hometown that Kobe Bryant has. Their hometowns have a love affair with their superstar athletes, and they are the hometown hero. And it just hasn't always been the case with Kobe Bryant. He considers Philadelphia to be very special. He goes back during the summertime, he has relatives there, he talks fondly, like any athlete would, about their hometown. But when you mention Kobe Bryant's name, people will either love him, or they will absolutely hate him."