Jimmy Kimmel Remembers Kobe Bryant


>>Jimmy: HI. I’M JIMMY KIMMEL. A AND TONIGHT’S SHOW IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM OUR USUAL SHOW. WE DON’T HAVE A STUDIO AUDIENCE HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE GOING FORWARD WITH A COMEDY SHOW DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT CONSIDERING WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. SO I’D LIKE TO JUST SPEAK TO YOU DIRECTLY. AS YOU UNDOUBTEDLY KNOW, KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA AND SEVEN OF THEIR FRIENDS WERE KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH YESTERDAY HERE IN LOS ANGELES, AND THAT WAS A PUNCH IN THE GUT FOR MANY OF US. KOBE WAS, AND I KNOW THIS MIGHT NOT MAKE SENSE, BUT HE WAS JUST THE LAST PERSON YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING TO. HE WAS SO STRONG AND HANDSOME AND SMART AND ENERGETIC. HE WAS A HERO. AND WHEN I SAY THAT, I DON’T MEAN A HERO LIKE REAL HEROES LIKE FIREFIGHTERS OR DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO ACTUALLY SAVE LIVES. I DON’T MEAN TO COMPARE WHAT HE DID FOR A LIVING TO WHAT THEY DO. I KNOW THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN BASKETBALL. ALMOST EVERYTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT. BUT KOBE WAS A HERO IN THE WAY SUPERMAN IS A HERO. HE WAS SO BIG, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE HE WAS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. HE WAS A REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO WITH A COSTUME AND EVERYTHING WALKING AAMONGST US. THOSE OF US WHO LOVE THE LAKERS KNOW IT, IT SEEMS LIKE HE ALWAYS CAME THROUGH, HE ALWAYS SHOWED UP TO SAVE THE DAY. HE WANTED TO SAVE THE DAY. HE HAD A FORCE OF WILL. HE NEVER GAVE UP. AS AN ATHLETE HE WAS INCREDIBLY GIFTED, MORE THAN ALMOST ANYONE. HE WAS TALENTED BEYOND REASON. AND YET HE WORKED HARDER THAN EVERYONE. HE WORKED HARDER THAN PEOPLE WITH MUCH LESS TALENT THAN HE HAD. HE TOOK HIS JOB AND HIS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE SO SERIOUSLY, HE WAS COMPLETELY DEDICATED TO BEING AS GOOD AS HE POSSIBLY COULD BE. WHICH IS INSPIRING TO ANYONE WHO DOES ANYTHING. AND WE LOVED HIM BECAUSE OF THAT. BUT WE ALSO LOVED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS OURS. WE WATCHED HIM GROW UP HERE. HE CAME TO L.A. WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER. AND UNLIKE ALMOST EVERY OTHER SUPERSTAR ATHLETE, HE NEVER LEFT. IN HIS 20-YEAR CAREER HE ONLY WORE TWO UNIFORMS, FOR THE LAKERS AND FOR THE UNITED STATES OLYMPIC TEAM. THERE WERE TEAMS WHEN IT SEEMED LIKE HE WOULD LEAVE, BUT HE DIDN’T. HE ZAID UNTIL THE END. AND HE’S SOMEONE ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE CITY LOVED. AND NOT JUST LAKERS FANS. EVERYONE WOULD LIGHT UP WHEN THEY SAW HIM. I SAW MANY TIMES. HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON. A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER FOR SURE, BUT MORE THAN THAT, HE HAD SO MANY INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SPORTS. HE WAS INTENSELY CURIOUS. HE WOULD CALL PEOPLE HE ADMIRED TO INTERVIEW THEM, BUSINESS LEADERS, WRITERS, INVENTORS. HE WAS ALWAYS LEARNING, ALWAYS IMPROVING. HE HAD A HUNGER FOR THAT. WHEN HE WAS INJURED, WHEN HE TORE HIS ACHILLES, I SENT HIM A BOOK, AND TO MY SURPRISE HE READ IT AND THEN CALLED ME TO DISCUSS IT IN MANIACAL DETAIL. HE WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. AND I WAS LIKE I DON’T KNOW, KOBE, I DIDN’T WRITE IT. I JUST BOUGHT THE BOOK. AND I HAD TO PUT HIM IN TOUCH WITH THE GUY WHO WROTE THE BOOK. AND THAT’S WHAT HE WAS LIKE. I HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS WITH KOBE OFF OF TELEVISION. AND THEY ALWAYS INVOLVED HIS DAUGHTERS. ALWAYS. ONCE HE RETIRED FROM BASKETBALL, HIS LIFE REVOLVED AROUND THEIR LIVES. HE WAS VERY PROUD OF THEM. HE LOVED BEING A FATHER. WHEN MY SON HAD HEART SURGERY, HE CHECKED IN WITH ME REPEATEDLY. HE MADE A POINT ONCE BILLY, MY SON, WAS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL TO MEET HIM. HE WANTED TO MEET HIM. AND FROM TIME TO TIME HE WOULD CHECK IN TO SEE HOW HE WAS DOING. AND YES, I KNOW HE WAS NOT A PERFECT PERSON. I UNDERSTAND THAT. MY INTENTION IS NOT TO CANONIZE HIM OR MAKE JUDGMENTS ABOUT THINGS I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. BUT I WILL SAY HE LOVED HIS FAMILY, HE WORKED VERY HARD, AND HE BROUGHT A LOT OF JOY TO A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS CITY AND WE’RE GOING TO MISS HIM. AND I HOPE YOU WILL PRAY FOR HIS DAUGHTER, GIANNA, AND FOR THEIR MOTHER, VANESSA, FOR THE THREE GIRLS KOBE LEFT BEHIND WHO LOST THEIR FATHER AND THEIR SISTER, AND FOR HIS FRIENDS WHO WERE ON THAT FLIGHT WITH HIM. THE ALTOBELLI FAMILY, CHRISTINA MAUSER’S FAMILY, THE CHESTER FAMILY, ARAH ZOBAYAN, THE PILOT. I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW MUCH THEY ARE MISSED. THIS WAS A TERRIBLE LOSS FOR THOSE FAMILIES AND FOR THE LAKERS, FOR KOBE’S TEAMMATES, FOR HIS FANS. IT’S JUST — THERE’S NO SILVER LINING HERE. IT’S ALL BAD. IT’S ALL SAD. HE WAS A BRIGHT LIGHT. AND THAT’S HOW I WANT TO REMEMBER HIM. HE WAS ON THE SHOW 15 TIMES. WE HAD MANY FUN AND INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS. AND TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO SHARE SOME OF THOSE TO REMEMBER HIM. STARTING WITH WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE LAST INTERVIEW I GOT TO DO WITH HIM FROM SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR.>>Jimmy: PLEASE WISH A WARM TACO TUESDAY TO LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>I’M GOOD.>>Jimmy: GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>YOU TOO, MAN.>>Jimmy: YOU LOOK GOOD. YOU LOOK GOOD.>>THANK YOU. [ CROWD CHANTING “MVP” ] THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: DO YOU HEAR THAT A LOT? YOU’RE RUNNING AROUND IN TRAFFIC AND WHATNOT?>>ALL THE TIME.>>Jimmy: YOU DO.>>IT’S AWESOME, THOUGH.>>Jimmy: COULD BE A 4R09LOT WO. EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT? CONGRATS. YOU HAVE ANOTHER DAUGHTER SINCE YOU WERE LAST HERE.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: IS SHE TWO MONTHS OLD?>>YEAH, SHE’S TWO MONTHS OLD.>>Jimmy: YOU CALL HER KOKO?>>YEAH. K-O-K-O.>>Jimmy: HER MIDDLE NAME IS KOBE. AFTER YOU.>>IT WASN’T MY IDEA.>>Jimmy: IT WASN’T YOUR IDEA?>>NO. VANESSA CAME TO ME AND SAID I’M THINKING ABOUT NAMING HER KOBE, MIDDLE NAME. AND I’M LIKE, UH.>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT.>>OKAY. THEN TIME GOES ON AND SHE’S LIKE, YOU KNOW, I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO CHANGE HER MIDDLE NAME. I’M LIKE WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA. [ LAUGHTER ] I DIDN’T THINK YOU WERE TOO HOT ABOUT IT. I SAID YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT NOW, DUDE. YOU CAN’T GIVE ME A GIFT AND THEN TAKE IT BACK.>>Jimmy: THAT’S RIGHT.>>YOU KNOW?>>Jimmy: FOUR DAUGHTERS NOW.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: I THINK IT’S GOOD THAT YOU HAVE DAUGHTERS. I FEEL LIKE IF YOU HAD A SON IN SPORTS IT MIGHT BE TOO MUCH FOR THAT KID.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: I DO.>>MAYBE. BUT YOU KNOW, LIKE I LOVE HAVING GIRLS.>>Jimmy: YEAH. IT SUITS YOU.>>THEY’RE AWESOME, MAN. HAVING A BOY, I THINK MY WIFE WANTS A BOY MORE SO THAN I DO.>>Jimmy: I SEE. INTERESTING.>>BUT I LOVE MY GIRLS. SHE KEEPS SAYING STOP SPEAKING IT INTO EXISTENCE. I LOVE MY GIRLS. STOP SAYING THAT. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU WANT A BOY.>>Jimmy: WHAT IS KOBE BRYANT LIKE IN THE DELIVERY ROOM? DO YOU BRING THE MAMBA MENTALITY TO THAT? [ LAUGHTER ]>>IF I TRY TO SAY SOMETHING TO MY LIFE WHEN SHE WAS GIVING BIRTH, MAN, SHE’D MAMBA MENTALITY MY ASS UPSIDE MY HEAD. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: YOUR OLDEST DAUGHTER IS NOW HOW OLD?>>16.>>Jimmy: IS SHE DRIVING NOW?>>SHE IS. SHE’S LIKE A SEASONED VET, TOO, MAN.>>Jimmy: WHY?>>SHE’S JUST REALLY CALM.>>Jimmy: OH. I SEE.>>BEHIND THE WHEEL. VERY CALM. DOESN’T WANT TO LISTEN TO ANY LOUD OR FAST MUSIC. SHE’S JUST A VERY SAFE AND LIKE CAUTIOUS CAREFUL DRIVER.>>Jimmy: IS THAT JUST WHEN YOU’RE IN THE CAR OR — >>NO, NO. THAT’S ALWAYS, BRO. LIKE SHE’S JUST ALWAYS VERY COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED. I’M VERY PROUD OF HER.>>Jimmy: YOU’RE VERY LUCKY. THAT MEANS THE NEXT ONE’S GOING TO BE A MANIAC BEHIND THE WHEEL. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I ALWAYS SAY IF YOU LOOK AT THE ELDEST DAUGHTER, SHE’S ALWAYS LIKE THE CALM, RESPONSIBLE, THOUGHTFUL ONE. YOU KNOW? AND THEN THE SECOND SISTER’S LIKE A TORNADO. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU KNOW, LIKE ELSA AND ANNA. YEAH, SHE CAN FREEZE THE CITY AND ALL THAT. BUT YOU KNOW, SHE’S RESPONSIBLE ABOUT IT. AND THEN THERE’S ANNA WHO JUST JUMPS OFF CLIFFS. THAT’S CERTAINLY OUR HOUSE. BUT THEN WE HAVE TWO OTHER ONES.>>Jimmy: YOUR SECOND OLDEST DAUGHTER IS GIANNA, SATELLITE. >>YEAH.>>Jimmy: SO SHE REALLY IS LIKE ANNA. YOU GAVE HER THE NAME. >>HOW ABOUT THAT?>>Jimmy: SHE WAS, AND CORRECT ME IF I HAVE THIS WRONG, BUT YOU HAD A GAME AND IT WAS A PLAYOFF GAME AGAINST THE SUNS. YOU TIED THE GAME, WENT INTO OVERTIME, AND THEN YOU SCORED LIKE SIX SECONDS LEFT. THEN YOU RACED TO THE DELIVERY ROOM AND LATER THAT EVENING, EARLY IN THE MORNING YOUR DAUGHTER WAS BORN.>>THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. EITHER THAT NIGHT OR THE DAY AFTER. I CAN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY.>>Jimmy: DID YOU KNOW YOUR WIFE WAS IN LABOR WHILE YOU WERE PLAYING THE GAME?>>NO. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN DURING THE GAME. IT HAPPENED AFTER. BUT IT WAS LIKE — >>Jimmy: SO THERE WAS NO THOUGHT LIKE MAYBE I’LL MISS THIS ONE AND HEAD HOME? [ LAUGHTER ]>>INSTEAD OF SENDING THE GAME TO OVERTIME? MAYBE OVERTIME’S NOT A GOOD IDEA IN THE LONG RUN. YEAH. NO, FORTUNATELY I WASN’T — >>Jimmy: YOU WOULD HAVE PLAYED TEN OVERTIMES IF IT CAME DOWN TO IT, WOULD YOU NOT?>>NO. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: YOU’RE NO DUMMY.>>HEY, MY MENTALITY UPSIDE MY HEAD.>>Jimmy: I SAW YOU DID AN INTERVIEW AND YOU’RE TALKING, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE KIND OF GOOFING AROUND, BUT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SHAQ AND YOU WERE SAYING — WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SHAQ, WHO WAS NOT QUITE AS DRIVEN AS YOU — NO ONE’S AS DRIVEN AS YOU ARE. BUT YOU INSINUATED THAT IF SHAQ KEPT HIMSELF IN BETTER SHAPE YOU WOULD HAVE EVEN MORE RINGS THAN YOU HAVE ALREADY.>>RIGHT.>>Jimmy: AND SHAQ TOOK — DID HE TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT?>>YEAH, I THINK HE DID. [ LAUGHTER ] A LITTLE BIT. BUT HERE’S THE THING, THOUGH. LIKE IT WAS REALLY A COMPLIMENT. LIKE PEOPLE MISSED THE WHOLE FIRST HALF OF THAT. IN WHICH I SAID HE WAS THE MOST DOMINANT PLAYER I’VE EVER SEEN. AND I FELT LIKE HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. SO PEOPLE KIND OF MISS THAT PART OF IT. THEY CAUGHT ON TO THE LAZY PART. THAT WAS LIKE — I SAID THAT TONGUE IN CHEEK. WE WEREN’T GOING TO WIN 12 RINGS. BUT IT’S ALL GOOD.>>Jimmy: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT? DO YOU GO OH BOY, I BETTER CALL HIM? OR DOES HE CALL YOU? HOW DOES IT WORK?>>NO. I REACH OUT TO HIM. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, HE’S MORE SENSITIVE THAN I AM. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: DID YOU TEXT HIM?>>I DID.>>Jimmy: WHAT DID YOU SAY IN THE TEXT? LIKE HEY, HA, HA, HA, HA? [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>HEY. I SAID LISTEN, NO HARD FEELINGS? [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: IT’S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY NO HARD FEELINGS. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO INSULTED HIM.>>WELL, DID I, THOUGH? I DON’T KNOW.>>Jimmy: YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD HAVE TEXTED “YOU UP?” [ LAUGHTER ]>>I’M GOING TO WORK OUT RIGHT NOW. YOU WANT TO JOIN IN? BUT WHAT I DID SAY IS I SAID I’LL BE TUNING IN TO YOUR SON PLAYING AT UCLA THIS YEAR. YOU BETTER SHOOT THE DAMN BALL 30 TIMES. I BETTER NOT SEE HIM PASS ONCE.>>Jimmy: AND HE POSTED PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIMSELF LIKE DUNKING ON 12 GUYS. HE’S LIKE DOES THIS LOOK LAZY? THINGS ARE GOOD. THINGS ARE OKAY BETWEEN YOU AGAIN?>>YEAH, YEAH.>>Jimmy: DO YOU GUYS EVER HANG OUT TOGETHER?>>I DON’T HAVE TIME. NEITHER DOES HE.>>Jimmy: TACO TUESDAY. HAVE YOU BEEN TO TACO TUESDAY?>>I HAVE NOT.>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE NOT.>>WELL, I’VE BEEN LIVING IN L.A. FOR LIKE 20 YEARS. I’M MARRIED TO A LATINA.>>Jimmy: YOU’VE BEEN TO YOUR OWN TACO TUESDAY. LeBRON’S TACO TUESDAY THAT HE LOSES HIS MIND OVER EVERY WEEK. EVERY WEEK IT’S LIKE A HOLIDAY HAS HAPPENED.>>I MEAN, LISTEN, EVERYBODY HAS THEIR THING, BRO.>>Jimmy: I’M FINE WITH TACO TUESDAY.>>THAT’S GOING TO GET HIM GOING, IT GETS HIM GOING. IT’S AWESOME.>>Jimmy: DO YOU TAKE ANY ROLE IN ENCOURAGING GUYS LIKE LeBRON, YOU KNOW, LAKERS FREE AGENTS, TO COME TO LOS ANGELES? OTHER THAN MAYBE A TWEET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>NO. NO, NO. I STAY AWAY FROM IT. I’M REAL CLOSE WITH ROB OBVIOUSLY.>>Jimmy: ROB PAULINCA.>>WE TALK AS A SOUNDING BOARD.>>Jimmy: WOULD YOU BE FINE OR WOULD HE BE FIRED TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?>>I COULD DO THAT.>>Jimmy: YOU COULD BE HIS SURROGATE AND YOU COULD ACTUALLY REACH OUT TO — >>I COULD BUT I WON’T. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: YOU WON’T.>>NO.>>Jimmy: WHY WON’T YOU?>>WELL, I STAY AWAY FROM THAT STUFF. AND LIKE ROB IS — HE’S MORE THAN CAPABLE OF HANDLING THE JOB. AND ALL THE PRESSURE THAT COMES ALONG WITH THAT. AND I’M QUICK TO TELL HIM, LISTEN, MAN, YOU’RE MY GUY, BUT YOU DIDN’T GET OUT ON THE COURT AND SCORE 40 POINTS FOR ME EITHER. I’M NOT GOING TO DO YOUR JOB FOR YOU.>>Jimmy: DOES HE SAY I WOULD HAVE IF I COULD?>>NO, MAN. WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. SO WE’LL TALK AND STUFF. AND YOU KNOW, JUST AS FRIENDS. BUT NOTHING SERIOUS.>>Jimmy: WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT KAWHI LEONARD CHOSE THE CLIPPERS OVER THE LAKERS?>>SURE.>>Jimmy: YOU WERE, YEAH.>>SURE.>>Jimmy: YOU THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO GO TO THE LAKERS.>>SURE.>>Jimmy: WHO WILL GO FARTHER IN THE PLAYOFFS? THE LAKERS OR THE CLIPPERS THIS SEASON?>>UH. IT DEPENDS. AND I SAY THAT NOT TO BE KIND OF CHEEKY ABOUT IT. BUT LIKE INJURIES HAS PLAYED SUCH A HUGE PART.>>Jimmy: LET’S SAY BOTH TEAMS ARE BEAUTIFULLY HEALTHY FROM HERE ON OUT.>>A LOT OF IFS.>>Jimmy: YEAH, A LOT OF IFS. YOU KNOW, ‘CAUSE INS GOT HURT BUT LET’S SAY — >>IS HOUSTON HEALTHY AS WELL? GOLDEN STATE HEALTHY AS WELL?>>Jimmy: WE’RE JUST GOING L.A. TEAMS. THAT L.A. RIVALRY. WHO GOES FARTHER?>>I CAN’T SAY BECAUSE WHAT IF THEY’RE PLAYING AN INJURED HOUSTON ROCKETS TEAM AND JAMES CAN’T PLAY? OR WHAT IF THEY’RE PLAYING, YOU KNOW, AN INJURED GOLDEN STATE TEAM?>>Jimmy: CAN’T YOU JUST PLAY ALONG WITH MY GAME? [ LAUGHTER ]>>NO. NO, I CANNOT. I CANNOT. THERE’S TOO MANY VARIABLES, MY MAN. LIKE I’VE GOT TO KIND OF THINK THROUGH THIS THING.>>Jimmy: THINKING IS OVERRATED, KOBE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WE HAD A LOT OF FUN, AND WE’VE GOT MUCH MORE WITH KOBE TO SHARE. AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMEMBER KOBE IN A PHILANTHROPIC WAY, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO KVBFF.ORG, THE KOBE AND VANESSA BRYANT FAMILY FOUNDATION. HELP THEM HELP KIDS HERE IN LOS ANGELES AND ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHEN WE RETURN, WE WILL SEE KOBE AND HIS LAKERS TEAMMATES JUST AFTER THEY WON HIS FOURTH NBA TITLE BACK IN 2009.>>>PLAY CENTER?>>NO, GUARD.>>GUARD?>>YES.>>THAT’S SURPRISING P P I THOUGHT A MAN OF YOUR SIZE WOULD PLAY CENTER.>>WELL, I PLAY WITH MEXICAN GUYS. GOOD LUCK. YOU’RE GOING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU HIGH FIVE MEXICAN.>>OKAY.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, KOBE BRYANT. GOOD LUCK.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAN.>>Jimmy: KOBE AND THE LAKERS WENT ON TO WIN THE FINALS IN FIVE GAMES AFTER THAT MEXICAN HIGH FIVE. VERY WELL DONE, GUILLERMO. TONIGHT WE’RE REMEMBERING KOBE BRYANT, WHO ALWAYS MADE TIME FOR US HERE. TWO OF THOSE TIMES WERE RIGHT AFTER THE LAKERS WON THE NBA TITLE. THIS ONE WAS IN 2009, AND I LOVE THIS INTERVIEW BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS VERY SERIOUS ON THE COURT YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH FUN KOBE AND HIS TEAMMATES HAD OFF OF IT TOO. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ JR>>Jimmy: THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL TROPHY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CROWD CHANTING “MVP” ] THERE YOU GO.>>I FEEL LIKE WE’RE BACK AT STAPLES CENTER.>>Jimmy: WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN MVP OF THE NBA? [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELL, IT’S A TREMENDOUS HONOR.>>Jimmy: WELL, CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS. ALL OF YOU. THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL TROPHY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I’D LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOU WELD THAT ONTO THE FRONT OF YOUR CAR. YOU KNOW, AS A HOOD ORNAMENT.>>THAT’S A GOOD IDEA, ACTUALLY.>>Jimmy: DRIVING AROUND L.A. WITH THAT. DO YOU GET TO LIKE BRING THAT AROUND LIKE THE STANLEY CUP OR DOES IT GO BACK TO HEADQUARTERS?>>NO, IT GOES BACK TO HEADQUARTERS.>>Jimmy: IT DOES, HUH?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: IT SEEMS LIKE YOU SHOULD GET AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE FOR YOURSELF. NO?>>THEY DO LIKE MINI VERSIONS OF IT, RIGHT?>>YEAH, SMALL JOINTS.>>WE GET SMALL ONES.>>THEY DON’T OFFER THEM, THOUGH. WE HAVE TO PURCHASE THEM.>>Jimmy: YOU DO? REALLY? [ LAUGHTER ]>>REALLY?>>YEAH.>>WELL, MAYBE YOU WOULDN’T. YOU GOT ONE WHEN YOU LEFT ARENA.>>Jimmy: WELL, WE’LL TAKE UP A COLLECTION. YOU GUYS DESERVE IT, CERTAINLY. IT WAS A GREAT — WELL, THE FINALS WEREN’T SO — IT WAS GREAT FOR YOU GUYS. IT WASN’T SO GREAT FOR THE ORLANDO MAGIC. PRESIDENT OBAMA PREDICTED YOU’D WIN IN SIX GAMES.>>RIGHT.>>Jimmy: YOU WON IN FIVE GAMES. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DISAPPOINTED HIM? [ LAUGHTER ]>>NO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: NO, YOU DON’T.>>AS LONG AS THE OUTCOME REMAINED CONSISTENT IT’S ALL GOOD.>>Jimmy: IT’S A FUNNY THING. WHEN OBAMA MAKES A PREDICTION THE OTHER TEAM’S COACH ALWAYS GETS MAD AND SAYS HE SHOULD HAVE BETTER THINGS TO BE CONCENTRATING ON THAN WHO’S GOING TO WIN THE GAME. BUT WERE YOU GUYS EXCITED? OBAMAS ALMOST ALWAYS RIGHT. HE 3IKD THE STEELERS IN THE SUPER BOWL. HE’S REALLY — HE COULD BE A HANDICAPPER IF HE WASN’T THE PRESIDENT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?>>Jimmy: I GUESS SO. NOW, DEREK, YOU OFF THE RECORD SAID YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN NAMED MVP. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU SAID YOU’D BEEN CARRYING KOBE TOO LONG. [ LAUGHTER ] LET’S LOOK AT THOSE THREE-POINT SHOTS IN I THINK GAME 4. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>PUTS UP THE THREE. [ CHEERS AN [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THERE’S MORE. THIS GUY RIGHT HERE HAS A PAIR OF THE BIGGEST COJONES WHEN IT COMES TO SHOOTING BIG SHOTS, MAN. IT’S RIDICULOUS.>>Jimmy: YOU WOULD THINK SO BECAUSE YOU MISSED FIVE THREE-POINTERS. YOU WERE 0 FOR 5 SO FAR. DO YOU HESITATE AT ALL AFTER — >>NO. THANKS FOR BRINGING UP THE BAD PART, JIMMY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: BUT IN A WAY IT’S THE GOOD PART. BECAUSE IF I WENT 0 FOR 5 — WELL, I WOULD GO 0 FOR 8 TO BE HONEST. BUT IF I MISSED FIVE IN A ROW I THINK I’D JUST SAY HEY, SOMEBODY ELSE, YOU GET A CHANCE.>>YEAH. NO, NO. THESE GUYS RIGHT HERE, MAN, AND THE GUYS THAT WILL BE OUT LATER. THEY’RE ALWAYS WITH ME. YOU KNOW, SO I’M ALWAYS CONFIDENT NO MATTER WHAT’S GOING ON. I KNOW I’M GOING TO COME THROUGH FOR MY GUYS. THEY’VE COME THROUGH FOR ME SO MANY TIMES.>>Jimmy: PAU, YOU ARE FROM SPAIN. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT? SOMETHING THAT’S BOTHERING ME. YOUR NAME IS LIKE A BATMAN SOUND EFFECT. POW. [ LAUGHTER ] I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU. I GOT YOU A LETTER L. YOU PUT IT AT THE END OF YOUR NAME. AND YOU’LL BE PAUL FROM NOW ON. AND I THINK IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR US AS AMERICANS.>>IT KEEPS IT UNIQUE. I LIKE THE UNIQUENESS.>>Jimmy: YOU LIKE THE UNIQUENESS?>>WE’VE GOT TO CLARIFY SOMETHING, THOUGH. BECAUSE HE WON’T SAY IT. OKAY? HIS NAME IS PAU. HIS NAME IS NOT PAUL. IT’S PAU. THANK YOU. EVERYBODY SAYS PAUL.>>Jimmy: I’M SAYING IF YOU JUST TAKE THIS L HE CAN BE PAUL. [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER, THOUGH.>>I LIKE IT WITHOUT THE L.>>PAUL GASOL?>>Jimmy: PAUL GASOL. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET BACK TO SPAIN? WILL THERE BE A PARADE FOR YOU? DID EVERYBODY WATCH THE — >>THEY DID WATCH. I’M SO PROUD OF EVERYONE IN SPAIN BECAUSE WITH THE TIME CHANGE IT’S SO HARD, 3:00, 4:00 IN THE MORNING WAKE UP AND WATCH THE GAME AND WATCH US PLAY. THEY WERE SO EXCITED AND SO THRILLED WE WERE ABLE TO GET THIS AMAZING TROPHY.>>Jimmy: WILL WOMEN THERE BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MAKING LOVE TO YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK? [ LAUGHTER ]>>I’M NOT QUITE SURE.>>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, JIMMY.>>I’M NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT THAT.>>Jimmy: YOU’RE NOT SURE. THERE’S A WAY TO FIND OUT. AND TREVOR, YOU PLAYED FOR THE ORLANDO MAGIC.>>I DID.>>Jimmy: DOES IT MAKE IT MORE FUN TO BEAT THEM SINCE THESE ARE THE GUYS YOU PLAYED WITH OR IS IT — >>MAN.>>Jimmy: — LESS FUN?>>COME ON, TREVOR.>>MAN, TO BEAT THEM, ESPECIALLY ON THEIR HOME FLOOR, WAS AN UNDESCRIBABLE FEELING.>>Jimmy: REALLY?>>YEAH. THAT WAS THE TEAM THAT TRADED ME AWAY. YOU KNOW. SO TO COME HOME AND BEAT THEM — [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: I WANT TO SHOW ONE OTHER KEY PLAY FROM THAT SAME GAME. I THINK IT’S FROM GAME 4 HERE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK.>>WHAT IS THAT? WHAT IS HE DOING? NO, REALLY. WHAT IS HE DOING?>>EXERCISING.>>WHAT IS HE DOING?>>Jimmy: KOBE AND THE LAKERS WON THE TITLE AGAIN THE NEXT YEAR, BEATING THEIR ARCH-RIVALS THE BOSTON CELTICS. AND THAT ONE WAS ESPECIALLY SWEET. AND WE WILL HAVE THAT INTERVIEW FROM 2010 WHEN WE COME BACK.>>>YOU PLAYED WITH DENNIS RODMAN FOR A SHORT TIME. DO YOU THINK HE IS THE SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEM WITH NORTH KOREA? [ LAUGHTER ] DO YOU THINK HE IS THE GUY TO GO OVER THERE AND — >>YOU KNOW, IT’S A CRAZY WORLD, MAN. YOU NEVER KNOW. [ LAUGHTER ] WHO THE HELL KNOWS?>>Jimmy: WOULD YOU GO OVER THERE AND FOCUS ON STOPPING THIS POTENTIAL NUCLEAR WARHEAD THAT’S COMING OVER? THAT SEEMS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE GAME.>>YEAH, I’D PROBABLY PASS.>>Jimmy: WOULD YOU PASS ON THAT ONE? OH, FOR ONCE YOU’RE PASSING. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: WE HAD A LOT OF LAUGHS OVER KOBE’S MANY APPEARANCES ON OUR SHOW. THIS INTERVIEW IS FROM 2010 WHEN THE LAKERS AVENGED THEIR LOSS TWO YEARS EARLIER TO THE BOSTON CELTICS. AND KOBE AND HIS TEAMMATES WERE IN VERY, VERY GOOD SPIRITS IN THE HOURS BEFORE THE VICTORY PARADE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ >>Jimmy: IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU GUYS HERE. CONGRATULATIONS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANKS FOR COMING. IT’S REALLY, REALLY GREAT TO HAVE YOU GUYS HERE. THANKS FOR COMING. WHO STAYED UP THE LATEST LAST NIGHT? JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY.>>I DON’T KNOW.>>Jimmy: RON, ARE YOU WEARING YOUR EARPIECE?>>YEAH. I STILL DIDN’T GO TO SLEEP YET. YOU STILL HAVEN’T TAKEN A SHOWER. I AIN’T GOING TO LIE. I NEED A SHOWER BAD.>>I KNEW I SMELLED SOMETHING.>>Jimmy: YOU DIDN’T GO TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT SINCE LAST NIGHT?>>I MEAN, THESE GUYS PUT ME THROUGH SOME TYPE OF EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER AND HELPED ME GET MY FIRST RING, AND I JUST CAN’T SLEEP.>>Jimmy: WOW. THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I’M GOING TO BE TOTALLY HONEST WITH YOU. WHEN RON CAME TO THE TEAM LAST YEAR, I THOUGHT OH, NO, THIS IS TERRIBLE, IT’S GOING TO SCREW EVERYTHING UP. [ LAUGHTER ] I SAID RON’S A GREAT PLAYER OBVIOUSLY BUT RON’S CRAZY, RON’S A CRAZY PERSON. AND THEN SURE ENOUGH I WAS WRONG. AND RON, YOU’VE BEEN — I MEAN, RON, YOU DIDN’T TWITTER — YOU DIDN’T TWEET THROUGH THE WHOLE SERIES. YOU WERE — >>I CAN’T LET KOBE DOWN. NO, DON’T SAY “AW.” [ LAUGHTER ] IT’S LIKE — THAT’S IT.>>Jimmy: I WANT TO SAY I’M SORRY TO HEAR PAU GOT DEPORTED. [ LAUGHTER ] I HAD A FEELING THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. KOBE, YOU SAID A COUPLE OF TIMES DURING THE SERIES, YOU SAID THAT IT DIDN’T MATTER THAT IT WAS THE CELTICS, THAT IT WAS A SERIES AND IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE. IN FACT, LET’S SHOW THAT VIDEOTAPE.>>WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE IN THE GAME 7 IN THE FINALS AND ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE CELTICS?>>NO DIFFERENCE TO ME. I HATE TO BE A BUZZ KILL, BUT IT’S NOT.>>Jimmy: YOU WERE LYING, RIGHT? THAT WAS A LIE, RIGHT?>>YEAH. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU CAN’T LET THESE GUYS WIN. LOOK AT THIS GUY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: TWO YEARS AGO — AND I KNOW. I SPOKE TO YOU ABOUT THIS. YOU WERE VERY UPSET THE CELTICS BEAT YOU. AS A LAKER YOU’VE GOT TO BEAT THE CELTICS. THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT THING. AND I KNOW YOU RESPECT THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE. AND YOU WERE — HONESTLY I WOULD HAVE BET MY HOUSE, MY CAR, EVERYTHING — MY CHILDREN, ET CETERA. YOU THAT WERE GOING TO WIN. BECAUSE WHEN WE SPOKE ABOUT IT YOU WERE SO SERIOUS AND SO INTENSE ABOUT IT. IT SCARED ME A LITTLE.>>WE WERE UPSET. DEREK AND I — >>Jimmy: DEREK DIDN’T CARE AS MUCH I DON’T THINK. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU KNOW WHAT? HE SITS HERE, HE LOOKS SO WELL MANNERED AND ALL THIS. HE’S GOT A QUICKER TEMPER THAN I DO.>>Jimmy: FOR REAL? YOU DO? I KNOW YOU GAVE MORE THAN ONE INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH TO THE TEAM BEFORE AND DURING GAME 7.>>YEAH. DURING GAME 7.>>Jimmy: WHAT DID YOU SAY? WHAT DID HE SAY TO THESE GUYS?>>JUST DRIED TO KEEP REMINDING GUYS THAT, I MEAN, WHATEVER HAPPENED IN THE GAME SO FAR WE CAN’T PLAY ANY WORSE THAN WHAT WE’VE BEEN PLAYING. SO LET’S JUST — LET’S JUST RELAX — >>A VERY DEMOCRATIC WAY TO SAY YOU GUYS ARE PLAYING LIKE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WHERE IS ADAM MORRISON? BECAUSE HE WAS IN A SUIT PRETTY MUCH THE WHOLE TIME. AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF HE CAME OUT IN A UNIFORM FOR ONCE. YOU KNOW? LFR >>ADAM ACTUALLY — HE’S ONE OF OUR FAVORITE TEAMMATES OF ALL TIME.>>Jimmy: HE LOOKS LIKE A ’70s PORN STAR NOW. [ LAUGHTER ] RIGHT? HE’S GOT A — HE LOOKS LIKE HE STEPS RIGHT OUT OF “BOOGIE NIGHTS” OR SOMETHING. I’M SORRY ADAM DIDN’T COME BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE HE — MAYBE NOT ON THE COURT AS MUCH BUT WE HAVE A LITTLE VIDEO PRESENTATION I’D LIKE YOU GUYS TO LOOK AT, AND WE HAVE A MONITOR RIGHT HERE. ADAM MORRISON’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NBA FINAL SERIES.>>OH, MAN. ♪ >>ADAM TRIES TO KEEP IT ALIVE. STOLEN BY BRYANT. BAD PASS. THREE! ♪ ♪ ♪>>Jimmy: THERE YOU GO. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] EVERYONE PLAYS A PART.>>YOU KNOW WHAT? FIRST OF ALL, LET ME JUST SAY THAT WAS FUNNY AS HELL. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT SECONDLY, LET ME JUST SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT’S A TESTAMENT TO OUR TEAM. HONESTLY. BECAUSE ADAM CAN REALLY PLAY. NO, LIKE REALLY. HE CAN REALLY, REALLY GO. AND FOR HIM TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND TO DO THINGS LIKE THAT REALLY HELPED US GET TO THAT CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL. SO, YEAH. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: NOW, THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVE FROM LAST NIGHT. WE HAVE VIDEOTAPE HERE. WATCH THIS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>YOU SHOULD SEE HIM BEFORE GAMES.>>Jimmy: IS THAT RIGHT?>>HOLD ON.>>THAT’S — >>HIM AND PAU BOTH IN THE MIRROR. [ LAUGHTER ] WHAT ARE YOU DOING?>>Jimmy: WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL GO BACK TO 2008, WHEN KOBE BROUGHT AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL BACK HOME TO LOS ANGELES.>>>YOU MAY WANT TO CHANGE IT OUT. JUST PUT THAT RIGHT — >>THAT’S SO SWEET.>>Jimmy: OSCAR DOESN’T HAVE ARMS. THERE YOU GO.>>Jimmy: KOBE WON AN OSCAR IN 2018. HE EARNED FIVE RINGS WITH THE LAKERS AND WAS A TWO-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST TONIGHT WE ARE REMEMBERING OUR MUCH TOO BRIEF TIME WITH HIM. THIS CLIP, WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE, IS FROM ONE OF HIS FIRST APPEARANCES ON OUR SHOW AFTER HE LED TEAM U.S., THE REDEEM TEAM AS THEY CALLED IT, TO VICTORY AT THE 2008 SUMMER GAMES.>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: WHAT AN EXCITING THING. [ CROWD CHANTING “MVP” ]>>FEELS GOOD TO BE HOME.>>Jimmy: IS IT POSSIBLE EVER TO GET TIRED OF HEARING THAT?>>NO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: I WOULDN’T THINK SO.>>NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>Jimmy: I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO BRING THE GOLD MEDAL.>>YOU KNOW WHAT I? ACTUALLY DID.>>Jimmy: OH, YOU DID?>>I DID. I HAVE IT HERE IN MY POCKET. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IS THERE A DRUM ROLL? [ DRUM ROLL ]>>Jimmy: WOW. LOOK AT THAT.>>THERE IT IS.>>Jimmy: NOT BAD. CAN I HAVE A LOOK AT IT? WOW. THAT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL. I DON’T THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP IT IN YOUR POCKET, THOUGH, BECAUSE IT WILL WIND UP IN THE HAMPER OR SOMETHING.>>OH, NO, NO, NO.>>Jimmy: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. THAT IS REALLY VERY NICE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>SECURITY!>>Jimmy: AND PRESIDENT BUSH WAS AT THE — HE WAS IN THE LOCKER ROOM WITH YOU GUYS IT LOOKS LIKE HERE.>>OH, YEAH.>>Jimmy: WHAT WAS HE UP TO THERE?>>NO, HE CAME AND GAVE US HIS SUPPORT.>>Jimmy: DID HE THREATEN YOU GUYS?>>NO. [ LAUGHTER ] ONE OF OUR PLAYERS, I’M NOT GOING TO NAME NAMES, ASKED HIM IF HE HAD ANY FREE GAS CARDS.>>Jimmy: IS THAT RIGHT?>>RIGHT. I WON’T DIME HIM OUT.>>Jimmy: WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? [ LAUGHTER ]>>HE’S JUST BRINGING IT IN WITH US.>>Jimmy: EITHER THEY REACTIVATED JOHN STOCKTON OR THAT SEEMS TO BE THE PRESIDENT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I DON’T THINK HE HAD ON THE LITTLE SHORTS THAT STOCKTON USED TO.>>Jimmy: WELL, THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE. HE WAS A CHEERLEADER AT ONE TIME. I GUESS IT’S APPROPRIATE. HOW OLD ARE YOUR KIDS NOW?>>5 AND 2.>>Jimmy: AND DID THEY GET YOU A PRESENT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY?>>YOU KNOW WHAT? BEFORE THE GOLD MEDAL GAME OUR OLDEST DAUGHTER, NATALIA, DREW A PICTURE OF A GOLD MEDAL. YOU KNOW, WITH THE RIBBON AND SAID GOOD LUCK. I TOOK IT WITH ME IN THE LOCKER ROOM. I TOOK IT WITH ME IN THE LOCKER ROOM BEFORE THE GAME AND PUT IT UP AGAINST THE WALL AND EVERYBODY CAME AND TOOK A LOOK AT IT.>>Jimmy: YOU’D HATE FOR HER TO BREAK HER CRAYONS OUT AND MAKE IT SILVER AFTERWARD. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THE THING ABOUT KIDS, MAN, IS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT THEM. BEFORE THE GAME THEY’RING DO THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. I LOOK UP IN THE STANDS AND I SEE MY WIFE AND OUR DAUGHTERS. AND THEY’RE LIKE SINGING USA. THEY HAVE THE FLAG AND EVERYTHING. YOU’RE JUST LOOKING AT THEM AND YOU’RE LIKE MAN, I BETTER NOT F THIS UP. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? YOU HEAR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYING YOU CAN’T HELP BUT GET A LITTLE EMOTIONAL.>>Jimmy: WELL, WHEN WE COME BACK, ONE OF MY FAVORITE INTERVIEWS WITH KOBE, ONE IN WHICH HE TALKS ABOUT LeBRON, COACHING HIS DAUGHTER’S BASKETBALL TEAM, AND WHAT HE CALLED THE MAMBA MENTALITY.>>Jimmy: TONIGHT WE ARE LOOKING BACK AT MOMENTS WE SHARED WITH KOBE BRYANT, ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA. AND KOBE WAS A BASKETBALL PLAYER. HE WAS AN AUTHOR TOO. KOBE WAS IN RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF PERFECTION. IN THIS CONVERSATION FROM 2018 WE TALKED ABOUT MANY THINGS. HIS DAUGHTERS, LeBRON, HIS BOOK “THE MAMBA MENTALITY.” AND I THINK THIS CLIP DOES A VERY GOOD JOB OF ILLUSTRATING KOBE’S NEVER RESTING COMMITMENT TO BEING THE BEST HE COULD POSSIBLY BE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>I’M GREAT.>>Jimmy: EVERYBODY’S EXCITED TO SEE YOU. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THAT’S GOT TO BE — WELL, YOU’RE BELOVED.>>THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: HOW ARE YOU DOING? WHAT’S GOING ON? EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT?>>EVERYTHING’S GOOD, MAN.>>Jimmy: ENJOYING RETIREMENT? IS IT FUN?>>I’M ENJOYING RETIREMENT.>>Jimmy: I KNOW YOU’RE DOING A LOT OF OTHER THINGS.>>YEAH. BUT IT’S FUN.>>Jimmy: DO YOU WATCH THE LAKERS? HAVE YOU BEEN SITTING AND WATCHING THE GAMES?>>I WATCHED THE LAST EIGHT MINUTES OF THE FOURTH QUARTER AND OVERTIME LAST NIGHT. MY TEAM, MY GIRLS, WE PRACTICE EVERY NIGHT WITH MY TEAM. SO I DON’T GET A CHANCE TO WATCH THE GAME — >>Jimmy: YEAH, YOU’RE COACHING.>>I AM COACHING.>>Jimmy: HOW MANY GAMES IN A ROW WOULD THE LAKERS HAVE TO LOSE FOR YOU TO UNRETIRE, FOR YOU TO COME BACK TO THE TEAM? [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IT WOULD BE LIKE — I MEAN, IF IT GOT TO LIKE — >>Jimmy: IF IT GOT TO 20, YOU WOULD THINK ABOUT IT, RIGHT?>>IF THEY GO 0-5 I’LL THINK ABOUT IT.>>Jimmy: YOU’LL THINK ABOUT IT.>>NO, I WON’T.>>Jimmy: LeBRON MAY TANK THOSE GAMES JUST TO GET YOU ON THE COURT. HOW INVOLVED WERE YOU IN LeBRON COMING TO L.A.? DID YOU SPEAK TO HIM?>>NO, I DIDN’T SPEAK TO HIM ABOUT COMING TO L.A. BUT I SPEAK TO JEANIE AND — >>Jimmy: TO JEANIE BUSS.>>JEANIE BUSS.>>Jimmy: THE OWNER OF THE TEAM.>>SHE WANTED TO GET LeBRON HERE. BUT LeBRON’S NOT GOING TO COME HERE IF MANAGEMENT ISN’T FIGURED OUT.>>Jimmy: GOT YOU.>>YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT MANAGEMENT, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THINGS ARE CLEAN, THINGS ARE FOCUSED GOING FORWARD, IT’S NOT CHAOTIC AS IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS PAST. AND SHE DID THAT.>>Jimmy: AND NOW YET HERE WE ARE. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAM. YOU’RE COACHING YOUR DAUGHTER’S TEAM.>>I AM. THEY’RE DOING WELL, THOUGH. WE’VE BEEN PLAYING FOR LIKE A YEAR AND A HALF.>>Jimmy: WHAT’S THEIR RECORD?>>THEY DON’T HAVE SEASONS. IT’S CRAZY. THEY JUST HAVE TOURNAMENTS. LIKE EVERY WEEKEND.>>Jimmy: I SEE. AND IF THEY DON’T WIN THE TOURNAMENTS DO YOU LIKE — DO THEY HAVE TO SLEEP IN THE YARD OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? [ LAUGHTER ]>>NO FOOD FOR A WEEK. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: BECAUSE IF ANYONE, ANYONE WOULD THINK LIKE THAT I WOULD THINK IT WOULD BE THE MAMBA MENTALITY.>>RUNNING FOR TWO HOURS STRAIGHT IN PRACTICE. NO WATER BREAKS. NOTHING. PUSH-UPS AND SIT-UPS ALL DAY.>>Jimmy: HOW SERIOUS DO YOU GET? ARE YOU GUYS BREAKING DOWN GAME FILM?>>NOT YET, BUT WE WILL. WE ABSOLUTELY WILL. WE TRY TO TEACH THE KIDS WHAT EXCELLENCE LOOKS LIKE. IT’S NOT THAT — YOU KNOW, SOME OF THEM MAY WANT TO PLAY IN THE WNBA. SOME OF THEM MAY NOT.>>Jimmy: RIGHT.>>BUT WE TRY TO GIVE THEM A FOUNDATION OF THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND PREPARATION THAT IT TAKES TO BE EXCELLENT. IN WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO. WE’RE HERE PLAYING BASKETBALL, WE’RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE DETAILS, WE’RE GOING TO LEARNT BASICS, WE’RE GOING TO LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS. WE’RE GOING TO DO THOSE THINGS OVER AND OVER. AND HOPEFULLY IT’S SOMETHING THEY CAN APPLY TO OTHER AREAS IN THEIR LIFE.>>Jimmy: DO YOU THINK YOUR DAUGHTER MIGHT WANT TO PLAY IN THE WNBA?>>SHE DOES FOR SURE.>>Jimmy: SHE DOES?>>THIS KID, MAN.>>Jimmy: WOULDN’T THAT BE GREAT?>>DUDE, MAN. I’M TELLING YOU. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENS IS WHEN WE GO OUT AND FANS WILL COME UP TO ME AND SHE’LL BE STANDING NEXT TO ME AND THEY’LL BE LIKE, YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A BOY. YOU AND V GOT TO HAVE A BOY, MAN. BE? TO CARRY ON YOUR TRADITION, THE LEGACY. SHE’S LIKE, “OY. I GOT THIS.” [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THAT’S RIGHT. YES, YOU DO. YOU GOT THIS.>>Jimmy: HOW OLD ARE THE KIDS NOW?>>15, 12, AND OUR LITTLE ONE BIANKA, WILL BE 2.>>Jimmy: DO YOU GUYS HAVE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FIGURED OUT?>>THEY’VE GOT MINE FIGURED OUT. I NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. THEY JUST TELL ME THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE WEARING. I’M PUTTING THIS ON.>>Jimmy: WILL YOU TRICK OR TREAT?>>WE GO TRICK OR TREATING EVERY HALLOWEEN.>>Jimmy: SO YOU’RE IN A COSTUME. WHAT WERE YOU LAST YEAR?>>LAST YEAR WE WERE A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. SO I WAS THE BLACK TOM HANKS. [ LAUGHTER ] NO CRYING IN BASEBALL. SHE’S CRYING, SIR.>>Jimmy: I WENT THROUGH THE BOOK. BOY. I WAS JUST PLANNING TO KIND OF FLIP THROUGH IT BEFORE YOU CAME ON, AND I GOT REALLY INVESTED IN IT.>>THAT’S GOOD.>>Jimmy: BECAUSE YOU GO THROUGH — WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU’RE A LUNATIC.>>100%.>>Jimmy: THERE’S NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.>>100%.>>Jimmy: YOU ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT YOUR PREPARATION AND ALL THESE THINGS YOU DO. BUT WHEN YOU READ THE SPECIFICS IT’S LIKE OH, MY GOD, THIS IS A MENTAL PATIENT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT’S TRUE. IT’S TRUE.>>Jimmy: YOU’RE AWARE OF THAT. WERE YOU ALWAYS AWARE OF THAT?>>I AM SELF-AWARE OF MY LUNACY, YES.>>Jimmy: ONE OF THE THINGS I THOUGHT WAS MOST INTERESTING IN THE BOOK IS THAT YOU READ — AND THIS GOES BACK TO THE LUNATIC THING. YOU READ THE REFEREE’S OFFICIAL HANDBOOK TO FIND OUT WHERE THE REFEREES ARE ON THE COURT — EXPLAIN THIS IDEA.>>THERE’S A RULEBOOK AND THE OFFICIALS HAVE TO BE IN CERTAIN POSITIONS. SO IF YOU WATCH A GAME YOU’LL SEE OFFICIALS SLIDING IN DIFFERENT AREAS. YOU HAVE YOUR SLOT OFFICIAL AND SO FORTH AND SO ON. SO I READ IT TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY NEED TO BE IN CERTAIN MOMENTS IN TIME SO IF I NEED TO GET AWAY WITH A FOUL — [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE SLOT OFFICIAL’S NOT GOING TO SEE THIS LITTLE HOLD HERE.>>Jimmy: HAS ANY PLAYER THAT YOU KNOW OF EVER DONE THAT BEFORE?>>NOT THAT I KNOW OF.>>Jimmy: THAT IS INTERESTING. IN ORDER TO PROTECT — AND CORRECT ME IF I HAVE ANY OF THIS WRONG. IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOUR ANKLES, YOU LEARNED TO TAP DANCE.>>I DID.>>Jimmy: WHY DIDN’T WE KNOW THIS? [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELL, IT WAS KEPT SECRET FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: DO THEY MAKE TAP SHOES IN YOUR SIZE?>>I HAD TO GET THEM MADE.>>Jimmy: HAD TO GET THEM MADE.>>I CAN’T GO TO THE STORE AND BE LIKE, YEAH, I’LL TAKE THOSE SIZE 14s TAP.>>Jimmy: YOU CAN’T CALL NIKE AND SAY DO YOU GUYS HAVE TAP SHOES. SO ARE YOU AN ACCOMPLISHED TAPPER? DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TAP? YOU’RE NOT.>>NO. BUT ONE SUMMER — FOR A YEAR THERE, YEAH. I COULD TELL MY FEET TO DO THIS AND THEY WOULD ACTUALLY DO THAT.>>Jimmy: RIGHT. YOU DON’T EVER DO IT ANYMORE?>>NO, I DON’T. I DON’T. MY FIRST CLASS, THOUGH, I WALKED INTO THE STUDIO. IT’S ALL THESE LIKE 6-YEAR-OLDS, 7-YEAR-OLDS.>>Jimmy: REALLY?>>STRAIGHT UP, MAN. STUDIO IN SANTA MONICA. AND THESE KIDS ARE LOOKING AT ME LIKE WHAT? NO WAY. [ LAUGHTER ] WHAT’S THIS GROWN-ASS MAN DOING IN HERE LEARNING TAP DANCE?>>Jimmy: WOW. THIS IS — TAP DANCING. YOU NEVER — YOU WANT TO DO A LITTLE TAP DANCE? CAN YOU SHOW US A LITTLE? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>IF I COULD I WOULD.>>Jimmy: WE’LL TAKE A BREAK. GO GET COACHED — GUILLERMO, GO GET A GIANT PAIR OF TAP SHOES. [ CROWD CHANTING “KOBE” ] WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>Jimmy: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT ON THIS SAD NIGHT. I WISH IT HAD BEEN UNDER HAPPIER CIRCUMSTANCES. MAGIC JOHNSON WILL BE WITH US TOMORROW NIGHT ON THE SHOW. AND AGAIN, IF YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE KOBE AND VANESSA BRYANT FAMILY FOUNDATION, YOU CAN DO IT AT THE ADDRESS ON YOUR SCREEN. WE PRAY FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS LOST YESTERDAY AND THOSE THEY LEFT BEHIND, THE CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS, AND KOBE BRYANT, WHO IS GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.>>KOBE BRYANT, FROM LOWER MERION HIGH SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA. ♪ ♪ TALK ABOUT ♪ TAKE THOSE PICTURES DOWN AND SHAKE IT OUT ♪ ♪ TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCE ♪ RACE IT AROUND ♪ THERE GOES MY HERO ♪ WATCH HIM AS HE GOES ♪ THERE GOES MY HERO ♪ HE’S ORDINARY ♪ THERE GOES MY HERO ♪ WATCH HIM AS HE GOES ♪ THERE GOES MY HERO ♪ HE’S ORDINARY

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  1. I was told by a friend kobe died and I was hoping he was lying. When I read he died my jaw dropped… then I read his daughter was apart of it and my heart dropped again 🙁 Rip to kobe and Gigi

  2. Being strong, handsome and smart sadly doesn’t protect people from tragedies. Having such a job rather increase the chance of being an accident victim, since they travel much more than most people. Anyways, Kobe Bryant seemed like a warm and loving person, and I understand that he, his daughter and their friends will be sorely missed. Rest in peace❣️ from 🇳🇴

  3. GOD SPEED KOBE BRYANT AND THE REST OF YOU SEE YOU GUYS IN SOUL HEAVEN I 💜💛💜💛💜💛💜💛💜💛💜💛💜💛🤘

  4. He was not the only on board. I know his famous and all but geez Can you all at least acknowledge the others on board and send condolences to their family as well.

  5. I am wondering why we are appreciating more people just after their deaths and we dont give more intention while they are living we start loving them more just after their death . Few years ago, MJ then mohammed ali the same thing. What i want to say is that we should love each other more during both life and death.

    RIP bryant

  6. Just when you think you could no longer shed tears.. then they come back like they never left. Rest In Peace to all those lives lost.

  7. Athletes save lives too. It’s disrespectful to always force everyone to downplay the impact of these people just so they can be politically correct. How many people wouldn’t be here without Kobe’s existence? Way more than any fuckin doctor I know

  8. Road to Redemption cemented my understanding of and respect for Kobe. This is too painful and unfair. "Buy the shoes, eat the cake."

  9. RIP Kobe and Gianna 😭 your legacy will live on forever🙏. Also to the other 7 victims that loss their lives too God Bless the families 🙏… wow this was really unexpected😭💔

  10. I’m not a sports fan never have been, I’ll check out the super bowl but that’s about. I’m the same age as Kobe so while I don’t watch sports I have certainly known who he was almost all my life. Have read about his ups and downs seen videos etc. His death has even effected me my heart is broken for him his daughters his wife his family. God my heart really aches for his wife the pain she must be feeling is too hard to even imagine. Just shows the impact he’s made on everyone not just sports fans. 😭

  11. NBA champion, MVP and perennial All-Star. Was about to be inducted in the Hall of Fame just a few months from now. Olympic gold medal winner. Author. Oscar-winner. This man accomplished more in 41 years than 99% of humanity will do in a lifetime. 16000 kilometres away in SA, the mamba mentality managed to inspire us. I will never get over this one, ever

  12. How about remembering the poor families that lost there loved ones in that crash it pisses me off how everyone talks about Kobe. what about those other poor souls

  13. ❤️❤️❤️
    Kobe, Gianna, and the rest of the people aboard the helicopter will always be in our hearts. Sending love to the family of the people, and to the world. Be safe.
    ❤️❤️❤️

  14. I just noticed almost 5000 people disliked a tribute to a fellow human being that tragically died with his daughter in a hélicoptère crash – I dont really get this I have to admit

  15. As sad as I am to know the greatest basketball player to play in my generation is now dead, this video brought me so many good memories kobe left for us to remember! He established a legacy no player will be able to match. Rest in Paradise Kobe Gigi and the other 7 victims.

  16. Sorry for your loss Jimmy Kobe Gigi and the 7 other dear souls will be much missed. May their souls rest in perfect peace

  17. Who else laughed with Kobe 😞 while watching this… he was that person where you could talk for hours and you still want to talk more.

  18. I appreciate that you actual mentioned all the names of those that have passed with Kobe… Bless your heart Kimmel ❤

  19. Im still in disbelief. You’d never think that the person you grew up watching and admiring is suddenly gone in an instant😢 RIP to all the victims involved in the crash they will all be missed.💔

  20. Never heard of this dude til now. I thought When people shout ‘kobe’ when throwing something were just bein random🤷🏻‍♂️

  21. LIFE IS NOT FAIR ….GOD IS SO SCARY … How come America was missing a young famous super sport star huh ….we love him too ….HERO KOBE BRYANT … REST IN PEACE 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  22. I don't like basketball.
    I never heard of Kobe Bryant.
    After getting to know him a bit, I understand now why you are all crying.
    Tonight, I'm crying with all of you.

  23. The way you put it made a lot of sense. My friend Christina was murdered. And she was the last person I'd ever expected it to happen to. She was kind, funny, outgoing, talented.. a light to the world and now she's gone. So i get it.

  24. Not Really A Big Fan Of Basketball But At Least He Introduced Many Of us to Basketball, Used To See His Jerseys Everywhere In Africa. Legend RIP

  25. Why arnt we emphasising the others along side with Kobe?
    There was a family of three including a father, mother, and daughter who passed leaving behind a son and daughter behind who now have no parents.

  26. The creature call them home because they work has been completed in this world…. Now the are in the Heavens were the will forever rest in peace.🙏👼

  27. This was such a beautiful and touching tribute. Thank you Jimmy Kimmel and your team. Our hearts go out to all the families and friends who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident. RIP.

  28. WHY WOULD GOOD & WELL-BELOVED PEOPLE DIE?? WHY NOT the demonic and undesirable maniacs die??
    It's true then, only the good die young!! Kobe is a heroic man, a great family man with faith in GOD!! A famous basketball player!! Kobe & his daughter Gianna are too, young to die. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE, TOGETHER WITH THE 7 PASSENGERS WHO DIED, due to this horrible plane crash. The thing that I couldn't decipher is why an expert pilot fly on a foggy day, not conducive for flying?? Did the fog just come all of a sudden?? When you're a flyer, the first thing that you have to know will be the weather!! Really a very sad case!! I hope that their families would be able to cope with this very traumatic situation in the very best way!! Too, hard to lose the ones you love, specially if more than one perished altogether in a tragic and unexpected event like this. KOBE BRYANT IS WORTHY OF THE HALL OF FAME AWARD & WORTHY OF EMULATION!! HE'S OUTSTANDING IN ALL HIS WAYS!! He fell once, but he lifted himself up and behaved at his best as years went by!! Hats off to you Kobe!! 😭😭😭😭😭
    💖🌺💖(CANADA)💖🌺💖

  29. Kobe and his family attended mass that sunday morning and received communion as tell us John 6, 48-71. This tell us we gonna go, we don't know what will be our last. GOD Bless 💗😇🙏
    John 11,25
    [25]Jesus said to her: "I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he has died, he shall live.
    John 3,16-21
    [16]For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
    [17]For God did not send his Son into the world, in order to judge the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.
    [18]Whoever believes in him is not judged. But whoever does not believe is already judged, because he does not believe in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
    [19]And this is the judgment: that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness more than light. For their works were evil.
    [20]For everyone who does evil hates the Light and does not go toward the Light, so that his works may not be corrected.
    [21]But whoever acts in truth goes toward the Light, so that his works may be manifested, because they have been accomplished in God."

  30. How come on this earth around 4.6k viewers can dislike a tribute video…Its really shocking to see people without heart and soul…Sad and Sick…My heart goes out to Kobe and his fellow friends and daughter who lost their life…May lost soul rest in deep peace…

  31. I still can’t believe what happened to he and his daughter and other passengers. RIP Kobe. Love u a lot. gonna miss u although u don’t know most of us.
    Good bye Kobe.

  32. Thank you, Jimmy, for this awesome tribute. I truly needed this laugh and these throwbacks to learn more about this remarkable talent. This made my day and lifted my spirits. Thank you again… RIP Kobe Bean Bryant… 1978 – 2020

  33. This is one of the most tragic moments in my 40yrs of living…. this was a huge loss….his newborn is not even a year old ….she is going to grow up not knowing her dad n older sister…..this is terrible…my heart goes out to all of the victims…rest easy…

  34. This man is LEGENDARY. Lots of people loved this wonderful man.When I see pictures of him with his daughter…agh it kills me!.. I want to break down and cry so much! It HURTS 😭💛🧡💜 RIP to Kobe and his daughter Gigi and the others. :c May they all rest in peace

  35. I was smiling at the entire video until the song was played at the end.. as a father myself I can't help but well up…rest in peace Kobe..

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