Jason Riley : Looking back to 08′ the one thing that a lot of fans think about is the big shot against Spain, the 3, the…
David Brickley: Shhh
Kobe Bryant: [Laughs] Yeah. The shush three [Laughs]
JR: You’ve kind of made a career out of making and taking big shots, what is it about the last few seconds of a game, on the line that bring the best out of you?
KB: You just gotta have the fearlessness to take those shots. You know because if you miss those shots then you have to deal with the criticism. A lot of times people get kind of apprehensive about taking those shots because of that…
DB: Right when we mentioned it, it seemed like you were smiling already. Just thinking about the word “clutch”.
KB: Its always been a myth to me as to why certain people don’t really like those situations because of that pressure because we’ve all lost games before. So its not like by missing that shot you’re about to face something that you’ve never faced in the past, I mean we’ve all come up short at one time or another so you just kid of gotta let it all hang out and trust your skills and trust the work that you’ve put in.
Kevin Figgers: Going back to the 08 team that team was kind of branded as the redeem team after not the greatest showing in the world for the United States in 2004. There’s a recent documentary released about the 1992 Dream Team, I think I might already know the answer to this question but I’m going to ask it anyway, the redeem team versus the 92 dream team, who comes out on top?
KB: Umm, its tough for me to say that we would come out on top because of the legends they had on that team but I believe we would win just from the standpoint that, you know the 92 dream team guys’ careers were pretty much established. You had Clyde Drexler who was sorta towards the end of his prime but was still playing extremely well, Michael [Jordan] who was just starting, Bird who was at the end, you know Magic had just won 5 championships and it was pretty much the end for him. You know you had Charles, Ewing, Robinson, but for us, most of our guys are still kind of evolving and Lebron is right in the middle of his prime you know, KD [Kevin Durant] is just starting so there’s a different dynamic with our group. Those guys were pretty much established as being legends and our team is still kind of evolving.
DB: One of the fun things about that documentary was the fact that Patrick Ewing and Larry Bird became friends. Which I think Charles Barkley said was the most awkward pairing he’s seen. So for you, the guys that you maybe see once or twice a year all of a sudden now they’re you’re teammates and I think in 08 you mentioned you developed some real strong relationships with these guys because you just never got to know them.
KB: Yea because you don’t have time to. You know everybody s constantly doing a million different things during the season and off the season its even more so because you have so many commitments to sponsors and things like that so during that season Carmelo Anthony and I became extremely close just because of our personalities….
DB: You became his P.R. Guy right?….
KB: [laughs] That was my guy man, that’s my guy. I know he went through a very tough time when he was in Denver and needed somebody to kinda go to bat for him and stand up for him and that’s what friends do.