Playing: “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” by Paul Anka

Kobe: This was a fun night.

Pau: Sí.

Kobe: I mean that, Pau.

Pau: Ya sé.

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: We all said some things we didn’t mean.

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: It’s just … it’s just been a tough couple of weeks, you know?

Pau: Sí.

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: Look, I take equal blame for this whole thing. Am I proud of the way I’ve handled it? No, not really. I can admit that. Do you know what I’m saying?

Pau: Sí.

Kobe: [humming along to the song] “Put your head on my shoulder …”

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: Look, maybe I crossed a line. I know that. And that’s something I’ve got to deal with. It’s just … it’s just when I think back about how everything unfolded between you and I — between you and Coach — I just want to … I just want to …

Pau: Explotar?

Kobe: Right! Just explode. Because I have a lot of pressure on me, Pau. A lot. I’m not getting any younger, you know?

Pau: Sí.

Kobe: I don’t have a lot of time to figure this all out.

Pau: Sí.

Kobe: But I’m sorry. There. I said it. I’m sorry, Pau Gasol. I’m sorry I told the media that you should put on your big-boy pants. That was uncalled for.

Pau: Mm-hmm.

Kobe: It’s just that I’ve been so stressed recently. I can’t sleep at night. My knees are killing me. And Dwight with those free throws are really starting to piss me right the fuc– sorry. No excuses. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I implied you were wearing tiny, baby pants.

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: But I hope this night never ends.

Pau: Mm-hmm.

Kobe: Yeah, this is nice.

[Awkward silence]

Kobe: You think Paul Anka is still alive?