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Kobe Bryant’s wife only wants to be married to a champion

Aug 16, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

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After all his years of being interviewed, Kobe Bryant is a practiced interview subject. He stays on point and gets his message across, and while you can pick up his mood he is able to avoid controversy… unless he wants a little. Like prodding Pau Gasol publically.

His wife, Vanessa, is not as practiced. She has largely stayed out of interviews despite being all-over TMZ as she filed for divorce from Kobe, something that seems to be off but… oh, go to TMZ and dig up the rumors yourself. I’m not going there.

Vanessa was part of an interview in New York Magazine that is not on line yet but a portion was transcribed by Nicki Jhabvala (and picked up by The Basketball Jones).

“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”

That certainly comes off as… elitist. Which is a kind word for her reputation among some at Staples Center. That said, it kind of sounds like a less polished version of what Kobe Bryant would say.

I’m not going rip Vanessa for this comment. She is trying to raise two kids, which is a hard full time job, and keep her marriage together. I’m married and with three kids about the same age as the Bryants, it has challenges.

But I will add I am trying to raise my daughters with a belief that hard work is never wasted. That it is its own reward. That if you put in the time and make the sacrifices to be as good as you can be at something — for example to make the NBA, to be an elite player in the NBA — that is a reward. Winning is the goal, but it is not the only benefit of the effort (in Kobe’s case, there are some rather large paychecks). I’m sure the Bryant’s are trying to impart that work ethic to their kids as well.

  1. dutchman45 - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    She is lucky to have married Kobe. Otherwise she would be working at Burger King! What an airhead. She will never have a brain problem. She is missing one! LOL

  2. lakerluver - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Man, I’ll be do glad when the season begins!!……..When a woman is as fine as Vanessa is she can say anything she likes!!

    • scir91onYouTube - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      fine today, boring tomorrow. EVERY woman gets boring with her yap yap yap and her looks. variety is key and that is why kobe hit katelyn faber. and we all know kobe LOVES white girls because he watches them on his laptop and orders them from eros as escorts when vanessa the witch is far and away.

  3. alabamacowboy - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Vanessa may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but she is sexy

  4. lakerluver - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Hey, @ph53, I’d sure like to meet your wife. If she’s anything like you she must be a real “winner”. Remember what you said, “birds of a feather”!!

  5. lakerluver - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    @therealhtj, good point, dude!! This “story” brought out all the miserable losers!!

  6. lakerfan4life - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I say good for her! And for all you haters, this just means “good thing you didn’t want to marry her, because you wouldn’t stand a chance”. If you don’t try to interpret her comments LITERALLY, all she says is that her ideal guy is one who has the desire and the will to make his dreams come true. Which is exactly the type of guy she found in Kobe!

    There’s an old joke out there that ends with something like, if Hillary hadn’t married Bill, she’d still be married to the POTUS, but Bill would be a gas station attendant. This is the same idea. Kobe can be successful because he has a strong woman behind him who motivates him and thinks like he does.

    • caseybojangles - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      seriously bro…get your pair back

      the notion that kobe wouldn’t be a successful pro basketball player WITHOUT that gold digger is so so so so laughable that it shows how little you know about successful people. the most successful people amojng us (male or female)…and kobe qualifies as does many in other occupations not just basketball…would have been successful regardless of who they were married to. vanessa didn’t do anything to contribute to his success…period.

  7. cosanostra71 - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Typical Orange County girl lol

  8. lakerluver - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Educate these fools, bro!!!

  9. retief1954 - Aug 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Man, glad I’m not a LAL fan. For them, this qualifies as “news” – that Bryant’s wife now makes it clear that “he’d better win.” What a freakin’ joke. Who-the-f CARES what “Vanessa” thinks? Unbelievably stupid, putting this up as news.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      This interview was done with New York Magazine, so apparently it qualifies as news to Knicks and Nets fans too.

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        Also, welcome to the dead period of NBA news. It’s like this every year.

  10. redsoxfan75 - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Her ” husband ” was accused of rape……Has cheated on her, FACT , for a long time, thus her wanting a divorce. She thought long and hard about it and said wait, if I divorce him, no spot light for me. She wants her man to win championships??????? Dear Lord, may one day , reality smack this one upside her chin!!

  11. congocash - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    They should put vanessa on the laker bench… Sub her in during garbage time…

  12. jolink653 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Must be really hard raising kids and staying at home in the multi million dollar mansion her husband pays for with all that hard work he puts in….Must be equally hard driving around in that Lamborghini with the custom automatic transmission he had built for her awhile back with that $4 million dollar ring he bought to apologize for the Boulder incident…I’m tired of people saying women like this have a “hard life” raising kids while their husband is playing sports…These women have such an easy life it’s ridiculous and for her to comment on her husband’s career saying she won’t marry him again if he couldn’t win a championship just makes her come off as a real money-grubbing wh….woman

  13. 00maltliquor - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    I bet you anything the context in which she said that vs. what it looks like on paper/computer screen is completly different.

    Anyways…Kobe’s wife is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hottttttttt!!! She’s got to be the baddest b**** out of all the ballers wife’s out there. No? Then who?

    • s1att5 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Marko Jaric is married to Adriana Lima.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Hmmm…good one.

        I’d still go Vanessa Bryant over Adrianna Lima 8 times out of 10, but there’s one big problem with her qualifying….

        Marco Jaric hasn’t played in the NBA for years!

  14. paulhargis53 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    You just can’t not respond can you?
    What weak minded tools you are.

    It’s incredible that I have laid out my m.o. on here, yet you just can’t help yourselves.

    Id ask what your wife looks like, but I know you’ve never seen a woman naked in person. Its ok lakersucker,
    everyone knows you love large black men, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  15. miguel3557 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I guess a $4M ring cures any infidelity. Two horribly shallow people who are meant for each other, a self-absorbed philanderer and a mindless gold digger. Pity the poor children, who will wing up worshiping Mammon and little else.

  16. eugenesaxe - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    So she’s gonna start doing Eddy Curry?

  17. mattsg22 - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Sports wives are better seen, not heard.

  18. foofooface - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    All she’s saying is that if you as a player are constantly training and spending a lot of time away from your family doing that training, then that hard work and sacrifice of time with your family better pay off… ie winning championships.
    Doesn’t sound “elitist” at all. Sounds more like a wife who’s husband works hard at his game. Winning championships.

  19. dariusmyles - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    You guys are rediculous. She’s not a gold digger, she’s not outlandish for saying this. All she is saying is the work he puts in and the time he spends away from his family and the sacrifices he makes is all bad enough, and to not win the chip (which is the purpose of going to work) than its not worth the sacrifice. You go to work to be the best and when you give up so much to pursue something, you better damn well get what you’ve pursued. It’s not like she’s a rookie wife saying this, that would be different. But look into her life. His career has led him to infidelity, they already have all the money in the world. They don’t need any more money, the kids are at the age where they will remember daddy being gone and daddy playing basketball and he damn sure better make it worth it by winning. Nobody wants a spouse or father gone when they don’t need to be just to come home empty handed. This is her saying “Kobe, u don’t need to play ball anymore, it’s time to move on, but I know it’s in your heart to win so you better win because what your missing out on is too great for you to come home empty handed”

    As a man and a father and someone who strives to be successful, I see absolutely nothing wrong with her comments.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      I would argue that the “if you don’t win a ring you failed” mentality is wrong. Second, Kobe goes to work to get paid — all of us do. To suggest he would do this for free is to not really know Kobe.

  20. omniusprime - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Vanessa is a spoiled brat who should keep her ignorant mouth shut. Maybe she ought to try being a championship wife instead of a whining shrew! Go Kobe! Go Lakers!

  21. scir91onYouTube - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    HEY, what does KATELLYN FABER want? how come she doesn’t get to have a say? she had kobe in the sack too proving vanessa became just another girl to kobe (no girl stays pretty forever – wait a few months and even the hottest girl gets boring in the sack).

    kobe LOVES pricey escorts from eros! i know all about this guy from inside sources hahaha

  22. steelerhypocrite - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Raising kids isn’t a full time job, just ask Obama and the Democrats…

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