We all know Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, are going through some tough times. She filed for divorce back in September, they were spotted smooching during the playoffs but the divorce was still on, then it was off, then she got mad because of him flirting with girls in London and a whole bunch of other nonsense you can find on TMZ. Knock yourself out digging through the archives or just take my word for it since I’m on the internet too much.
Nonetheless, there is one factor in life that is definitely in Kobe’s favor if he’s trying to preserve his marriage. From Sports on Earth’s Nicki Jhabvala, who transcribed a recent issue of New York Magazine:
“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.”
Well, this certainly bodes well for Kobe Bryant, since it sounds like a Kobe Bryant mantra. Considering he and Derek Fisher are the active players with the most championships — and that Derek Fisher doesn’t have a team yet, especially not one that that added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this summer — he seems to be sitting pretty. If she only wants to be with a guy who can win titles (which is the single most Kobe Bryant thing a basketball wife could ever say), the pool is pretty small and Kobe’s still the biggest fish.
This must be music to Kobe’s ears. “Oh, you like championships? I just won a gold medal and we just got Dwight and Nash. I can win you a championship, giiiiiiirl.” As long as Robert Horry doesn’t get a hold of this magazine, everything should work out fine.