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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Kobe Bryant: Exit interview and video

By Andy Kamenetzky

For Kobe Bryant, exit interviews are inconvenient and borderline unnecessary. He's gotta shlep all the way down to El Segundo, whether by car or chopper. Once he's there, what's there to really discuss? I can't imagine his session with Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak was heavy on, "Kobe, we'd like to see you improve your _______, or just apply yourself more in general." If the franchise is in a great place - like now - there are only so many suggestions he can offer. And judging by 2007's aftermath, if the franchise isn't in a great place, an exit interview isn't necessary to pass along opinions. Were it not for the mandatory media meet n' greet (which he loves), Kobe could probably get by doing everything by video conference from his living room. It's one big pain in the butt, no more painfully obvious when the soccer nut was asked if he got to watch the USA's instant-classic win over Algeria.

"I missed the goal in the 90th minute because I was coming down here. So I missed the most exciting part."

Ouch!

But on the bright side, Kobe will be in South Africa soon enough to watch oodles of soccer in the flesh. And save the uncertain status of Phil Jackson and (technically speaking) Derek Fisher, it is nice knowing there's not a ton to worry about heading into next season's threepeat bid. This stability was reflected in Bryant's tone and mood with us.

Among other talking points....

The videos from Kobe's interview can be seen below the jump.
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