Kobe Bryant is entering the final stages of his career, which is good for audience and media types, because Bryant is now a walking soundbite.
Bryant will say anything he wants at this point, curse, call someone a name, call them out, or even give them a cool nerdy nickname.
Case in point his new Lakers teammate Steve Nash.
Bryant was recently holding press with the L.A. Times, when he starting talking about how he has to run the point now that Nash is out, and he can’t wait for “Gatsby’s return.”
Yes I said it, according to Larry Brown Sports, Bryant referred to Nash as “Gatsby,” that being the Jay Gatsby, played by Robert Redford in 70’s film “The Great Gatsby.”
“I’m not working too hard, to be honest with you,” Bryant explained. “The shots that I made were all jumpers. It doesn’t take much energy to knock those jumpers down,” he said. “Bringing the ball up and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I will when Gatsby gets back.
“When Gatsby gets back, I don’t have to do that. The game’s going to become even more easy for me.”
Mamba is genuinely hilarious in this stage of his career.
Great comparison though, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and the book in high school.