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Kobe doesn’t want to be like Mike when it comes to team ownership

Dec 7, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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With his milestone of reaching 30,000 points, there has been a lot of talk of Kobe Bryant’s legacy once he does hang up his Nikes.

And that almost always means Michael Jordan gets mentioned — everyone of this era who comes forward will be compared to him, but Kobe invited even more of that with his style of play and borrowed mannerisms. Because of their drive.

So when Kobe retires, is he going to follow Jordan into team ownership? Nope. Not in the cards he told Bloomberg News, as found and transcribed by Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward.

“I don’t know if ownership is really the right thing for me,” Bryant told Bloomberg News in a video interview. “I’d go crazy. If a player misses a game because he has a broken fingernail, I’d lose my mind. I wouldn’t be able to take it.”

That doesn’t mean Kobe is going away from the public sphere.

“I’ll be around the game and hopefully my brand can live on past my career,” Bryant said.

Someone at Nike just smiled.

Kobe is going to need to find something to focus his energy on after he walks away. His family will be a priority, as will whatever he does to keep his brand going. But eventually there will be something else, too.

And despite what he thinks now, ownership would not shock me some day. He would take to building and organization like he did building up teammates… just with less yelling. Probably.

  1. spthegr8 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Who in the HELL would want too be.????

  2. progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Dude has spent his ENTIRE EXISTENCE…trying to be like some other dude !!!

    Never grew up to have his own “PAIR” !!!

    Friggin Hilarious as a grown man, to have lived an entire life to mimic another dude !

    aahahhahahaha

    • paleihe - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      “Success leaves footprints.”

      He’s following the footprints laid out by Jordan. Five championships, one of only five people to score 30K points, a number of other resume builders…you may be laughing at him, but you’re nothing more than a cyber idiot with a stupid opinion. You’d probably kill to have his life.

    • really2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Yep you are right. Friggin hilarious to model yourself after the best player to ever play the game (at bare minimum at your position) and the biggest brand to ever play a professional sport. Stupid Kobe, who would have been much more successful and rich being an “original” typical athlete – LOL!!!!

    • kanemoney - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      By that statement, no NBA player has an identity of his own. Every player will continue to live under the shadow of MJ for eternity – right?

      I think the game is different. A lot more young talent, international talent. The game is smaller and less physical. The playoffs are longer. Depth matters more.

      Kobe has 5 rings (3 with Shaq) and 1 MVP. Even if he wins 1 more ring, he won’t ever be MJ (with 6 and 6).

      Lebron got the Finals 3 times and won 1 (with Bosh and Wade). Has 3 MVPs and could easily win a 4th this year. It will be tough for him to get the titles MJ had.

    • kanemoney - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      By that statement, no NBA player has an identity of his own. Every player will continue to live under the shadow of MJ for eternity – right?

      I think the game is different. A lot more young talent, international talent. The game is smaller and less physical. The playoffs are longer. Depth matters more.

      Kobe has 5 rings (3 with Shaq) and 1 MVP. Even if he wins 1 more ring, he won’t ever be MJ (with 6 and 6).

      Lebron got to the Finals 3 times and won 1 (with Bosh and Wade). Has 3 MVPs and could easily win a 4th this year. It will be tough for him to get the titles MJ had.

    • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      We got ALL the FAKER fans out today ….ahahahaha 61 thumbs down.

      I’m missing bout 10 more, cause there are bout 71 regulars that patrol this site for anything Fake MJ does.

      The next time the Harlem Globetrotters come to your town, go see the show. I GUARANTEE you will see the same trick shots kobe attempts……ahahahahahaha

      The only difference is, even the Globetrotters pass the ball.

      Wanna-Be-Like-Mike is guaranteed a job, to be the new Curly Neal, after the NBA. ahahahaha

  3. eventhorizon04 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Some of Michael Jordan’s characteristics that made him a terrific player also made him a poor GM, chief among them being complete faith in himself and his abilities.

    Jordan always believed he was the best player on the court, and because of his background of training and working on his game throughout his career, he was usually right.

    However, when he became a GM with no real background in player evaluation, that self-confidence became a problem. You don’t necessarily need a lot of experience in player evaluation to become a good GM, but you do need to be willing to listen to expert opinions from people such as scouts. Unfortunately, Jordan would regularly ignore scouting reports and “fall in love” with certain prospects that he met, and he’d refuse to listen to doubters. Charles Barkley has talked about how everybody on Jordan’s staff were “Yes-Men” who had figured out that the trick to career advancement was to agree with Jordan, not to challenge him.

    Now that Jordan has finally taken a step back and let a professional handle personnel, the Bobcats actually look like they’ve put together a decent roster.

    It’s good that Kobe realizes that his unforgiving nature and perfectionism might make him a poor candidate when it comes to team ownership or personnel management, since those roles demand flexibility. I’m sure in a few years he’ll carve out a nice role for himself.

    • badintent - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Lets do the math shall we.?
      MJ forked over $150 million to his Ex-wife.
      Kobe on the Hook for $150 Million

      MJ lost over $50 Million in casinos
      Kobe no $$ lost at casinos

      MJ still making $$ on under ware and shoes
      Kobe still making $$ on shoes
      Kobe building brand in China
      MJ building baby in new wife’s oven(TMZ)
      Who would you like to be ???

      • kanemoney - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        I’d still want to the best basketball player that ever lived.

  4. Distinguished Male - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    HIS BRAND!

  5. progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Just to continually show wanna-be-like-mike is a distant….VERY DISTANT Identity Thief / Copy Cat:

    1. MJ was Finals MVP on all 6 rings.
    Wanna-be-MJ was Shaqs waterboy on 3, Gasol had to win one when kobe started pouting cause it
    looked like they would lose to the C’s.

    2. MJ scored 32,292 points over 15 yrs at 50% shooting
    Harlem Globe Trotter copy cat has scored 30,016 over 17 yrs at 45% shooting

    3. MJ never had to TAKE advantage of a woman, against her will.
    We all know what sleazy dude did

    As a grown man, it’s not honorable to not “be your own man”.

    I’m not a professional athlete BUT when I look in the mirror I only want to be ME ….most alpha male, grown men do. But we know about the other type of clandestine men….to each is own……ahahahahah

    • loungefly74 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      progress2011…just shut the f*ck up..please? you have made your point numerous time like a “one-trick pony” (hey…that’s Barkley4life’s mom’s nickname!)…we all know you hate Kobe and you are an idiot. just…move on. please go to Fox News or something….

      • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        Ahahahah…I called out all the FAKERS….Ole Maggotfly, came up from eating the ‘ish all day !!!

        FAKERS are devoid of being able to absorb the TRUTH !!!!

        I’m just dishing out the FACTS….somebody gotta bring the FAKERS back to the real world !!!!

        I look at it as helping people that live in an extraterrestrial universe…..I give to charity organizations several times a year.

        I look at slapping the ‘ish outta FAKER fans with hard core FACTS….as continuing my charitable contributions.

        Review my info on how wanna-be-like-mike has played 2 more years than the Original MJ and he is still behind 2000 points and 5 percentage points…..ahahahahaha

        You can Thank Me Now !!!!

      • loungefly74 - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:50 AM

        progress2011…the Lakers are reeling…and not very good…but doesn’t change the fact you are disturbed.

    • urodaddy07 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      That just a stupid-ass post. How can you say the man isn’t his own man. You know him that well, huh?. Based on the evidence the only thing I can say is he has modeled his GAME after MJ, he is certainly a different kind of player though. And he seem like he is a pretty strong-willed self assured guy. I don’t know him enough to say what kind of MAN he is but if I had to guess, he doesn’t seem like a he cares too much what MJ or anybody else thinks – you know sorta like his own man.

  6. funkdocsneaka - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Kobe is an inspirational player in the work ethic dept. but unfortunately he has a history of being a horrible role model

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