“I’m going to be the Will Smith of the NBA.”young Kobe Bryant, setting a lofty goal

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  1. I get it. It’s because they both went from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.

    Real class move for Shaq to dog out Alonzo Mourning while trying to make himself look cool. God he’s the worst. (I clicked on the link)

  2. I have one question. It’s about this part:

    Brian Shaw chimed in with “Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn’t come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren’t there. Then you got married and didn’t invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don’t even know you.” …

    Shaq states this conversation happened over 7 years ago… and he remembers what Brian Shaw said, word for word?

    I find that very hard to believe. Still, it’s an interesting read. It’s like finding out how many shooters assassinated JFK.

  3. I’d say Will Smith has a pretty good track record:

    He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office and the only one to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Smith

  4. Sorry Kobe, but Robert Horry was the Will Smith of the NBA.

  5. Gettin’ jiggy wit’ it! Remember that, guys? R’member?

  6. Now I have a bad feeling that Kobe’s going to Miami soon

  7. @Madups

    Typical Shaq narcissism, self-aggrandizement, revisionist history.

    The Shaw quote rings relatively true- Kobe was a bit of a lone wolf, but I’m sure the actual statement (if there ever really was one) was wildly different. Just ’cause a coworker/teammate is private means that you don’t support him or her in a time of need? “You don’t come to my parties, therefore I don’t support you when you’re accused of a felony”. What kind of twisted logic is that? Doesn’t sound like Brian Shaw logic to me. That’s Shaq logic.

    Shaq LOVES to tell stories that make him sound cool. It’s what he does instead of working out.

  8. @Madups: The B. Shaw is too dry/colorless to be word-for-word. Try saying it out loud–no one talks like that. I’m sure he said something to that effect, and Shaq is just taking the gist of it and passing it off as a quotation.

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