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-- tens of thousands who've paid their respects to Michael Jackson Jackson at his memorial in LA was Kobe Bryant.
The NBA superstar in -- guard for the LA lakers.
The death of his friend came at an otherwise spectacularly.
High moment in his life having just won his fourth championship ring.
Being named MVP of the series and finally getting out from under the shadow of Shaquille O'Neal.
All of which we discussed in an interview he gave to -- border earlier.
Yeah Kobe Brian great to see it go we thanks for coming in -- -- bears have are really appreciate congratulations first off terrific.
Series just unbelievable series MVP.
You got to -- five Ford championship rings now that's one more than what Michael had when he was your rate so.
You're doing okay.
Now on I'm on cloud nine right now there's a small ball -- included.
-- -- their campuses -- those soldiers now I want to talk more about basketball but.
First I got in front of me some that you guys were very kind to send along this is some that you're promoting here -- -- series of luxury watches I don't even want to say how much money zero -- -- -- Break the window down and try to get these -- how did you get into it to supporting these.
Well I know it was a challenge you know for us it was about trying to do something that was different something that was unique.
And en us partnering together and been coming -- with this initial watch.
You know you normally see you don't watch companies will -- principle player in essence who endorses series of watches.
You know in this case we actually put our heads together -- -- watch ourselves and made something else pretty.
You know pretty exclusive to us.
But in addition everything else Kobe I got -- aren't you just too exhausted from this series and everything that you put into it to go righted marketing.
You know why is it's the fun it is the fun of at all.
You know normally have been in the season you know -- soul spirit and just so -- so exhausted.
But I gotta tell you merry way in the -- -- -- -- -- did you next -- meg yeah.
Yeah did you move she's got a little adrenaline are still -- -- adrenaline rush going yeah I'm still not a you know arrested at events are still nowhere often -- -- and -- -- my if you go to.
He notes do you let it also lending -- be ready for next season what.
Right now I'm still I'm still -- So capitalize on it because you guys you got as save for your children's future I just gotta tell cited.
You know you I'm told you don't know the prices of these things but these these are watches it started about 60000 they go up to a couple of 100000.
They're beautifully made -- these are not you know Chris these are not the kind of watches.
That have dead the electorate movements inside here all automatic movements inside.
They have -- fires in the inside their heavy is -- this one in the middle I'm actually if you don't -- I'm actually gonna put it on its solid gold and it weighs about a time.
Did you play any part designing them and if not why did they choose you would.
To endorse it.
Well you know we both saw what what what they approached me about this -- a potential partnership.
-- I did my due diligence into the company what you wanted to do with the series -- watches.
And -- things that we shared in common with our attention to -- -- -- -- -- play basketball.
For the hard work that I put into it and they had the same approach towards me to watch the women make something that was so it's your kids.
So complex would get simplistic and its beauty -- that I can relate to and I'm showing by the -- -- it was it was a pretty smooth transition.
Right now I'm showing the back of the watch you can see through it to -- to the mechanism it's it's an automatic watches they say no battery.
Is saying it's designed to last for a hundred years is a beautiful beautiful -- must admit I love automatic watches although nothing.
Quite this expensive but are you worried about selling a luxury item in this economy.
Oh sure absolutely.
US open that.
You're the company not discussed and how they want to approach and in terms -- maybe more collector's item not expected it to to move an exorbitant amount of the units.
The more it had been a pinpoint target that -- Warner.
Now I talked about how hard.
You were active for this series in saint -- but even people who knew that -- workaholic said they they didn't believe.
That you put that much of yourself and your daughters I understand your daughter started calling him -- things.
From Snow -- because you were you were warning so -- did you get over that.
We -- yeah absolutely absolutely as you know it's when -- playoffs come around.
-- -- That that moment where everything that you weren't so hard for all year long now comes to this moment it comes to that point in.
We played in game seven in the playoffs and get ready for game seven and -- -- -- at stake everything revolves around this moment so you're required to undermine intentions you have some 100% of yourself.
So yeah -- pounds.
All grown before for a couple days now where now the couple they'll call it anymore.
I imagine more than a couple -- happy I'm happy now on -- had a shot even help them hadn't you should be happy now you're happy but.
And and -- I'm sure your kids appreciate the fact that now you're happy but you worked with a new trainer Tim Grover who I understand really put you through the ropes right what did he do different -- than you have been doing.
Well why I think he understands the body and how it a ball as the season goes on she's been there before.
So I think -- his knowledge of how your body progresses.
You know certain tweaks that he can -- to your body to make -- stronger as the season progresses.
Those are things you know a subtle subtle -- but a lot of traders miss out on those little details.
He had to take you had -- -- those ice bats though that just scare the hell out just the thought of take -- and eyes verified it what did they actually work.
They're not able they were wonder is that you know my father -- -- say ice bats really kind of took that from him and Tim and -- talk about it -- -- that he was a firm believer and as well and but I I think those things are.
Cold yell like I can't imagine hole although -- got to have like that kind of self talk which itself before you do like you -- tough.
I can do and -- -- I can jump in but if you side yourself and -- -- put yourself vote on you have to.
-- understood now the big thing is now we are in that absolutely if there was any doubt before the series if there's none now that we are in the post.
Shaquille here or are we I mean this is this is put all that stuff behind you didn't it.
Boy yeah I mean it was a challenge of everybody's saying you know whether inadequate attention without it wasn't even whether or not to win -- economists people say that I can't.
When without -- -- and I use as best fuel as motivation to push me pushed me into -- morning.
And you know the great thing also about the series has not only you dominated is as a shooter.
But also as a passer you passed more than anybody in this series so you were given a ball up more did you feel like you -- more of a team spirit than than ever before.
Well you know it was about us really with the defense was going you know once once the job I was able to sit down so my -- -- watch film and say okay.
You know we've we've seen with the defense is north so when they do this now we do that and -- -- is about counteracting what they were giving us.
And no more credit goes my teammates and they spent hours and hours in the gym working in a shot.
And now working on -- those exact situations and you know they came through.
By the way they were there was some awful news over the past couple weeks for you -- -- because you -- Michael Jackson personally are are you were in touch with his family.
Any any word on how they're doing.
You know -- it's devastating for everybody obviously.
But I but I think that we would.
People don't know.
About Michael was the amount of time.
That he put -- bring so much joy to so many people all over the world and knew it wasn't like he Waco one night and think of Billie Jean going to studio and his -- -- put in a lot of time and a lot of you'll sacrifices were made for him to bring so much joy to so many people around the world and I just hope.
Everybody appreciates the beauty that he gave us.
Well let us leave on that note I don't wanna get too depressed because after all it is a celebratory you're now for you personally.
The name of the company by the way I didn't mention if you want to get these watches.
I I was just.
Drooling looking over not only the watches but here's the catalog for them it's called a -- if I'm wrong Colby knew -- isn't that that way you pronounce it.
That's right -- media -- it's it's spelled and you DEO.
And here's a -- called black mom does the series -- that title come from.
You know what is is that this in the -- -- -- incident because of this makes a do we do to strike.
So -- -- -- Bono would have black mama is and that's kind of would snake is more than most venomous snakes in the world so that's Panama Alter ego wants -- that one of course.
All right well we we gotta we gotta put a little Hamas mall where I'm off the court when I'm on record two and a -- on the grumpy.
Here meanwhile -- -- on the black mom would -- in the -- Tom and I'm -- Well let's hope you say happy for a long time you deserve it after a series like that Kobe -- great to see him -- thank you very much for being here.
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