Kobe Explains Why He Hasn’t Spoken To His Parents In 3 Years


The legend that is Kobe Bryant finally sealed his career with a spectacular 60-point game vs. the Utah Jazz before somewhat riding off into the sunset. His wife and kids were there for the ride, but noticeably absent from the farewell tour were Kobe’s parent, Joe & Pamela Bryant.

Kobe hasn’t spoken to his parents in 3 years, not since they attempted to sell his high school memorabilia without his knowledge.

Via a story about Kobe’s retirement from ESPN:

Kobe hasn’t spoken to his parents in nearly three years. Not since 2013, when they tried to auction off his high school memorabilia without his consent.

“Our relationship is shit,” he says. “I say [to them], ‘I’m going to buy you a very nice home, and the response is ‘That’s not good enough’?” he says. “Then you’re selling my shit?”

His parents issued a statement after lawyers worked out a settlement allowing them to auction six items of memorabilia totaling $500,000, “We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” the statement from Joe and Pamela Bryant read. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we may have caused our son and appreciate the financial support that he has provided to us over the years.”

Kobe admits to not financially supporting his two sisters anymore because they are college educated women who have their own careers and can support themselves.

Kobe says as a youngster, he used his father’s failures in the NBA as motivation to be the best he could be.

As Kobe grew older, and learned of the disappointments of his father’s NBA career, it was harder to relate. Joe was a 6-foot-9 forward with the skill set of a guard. That would be en vogue in today’s NBA, but in the Eastern Conference of the late 1970s, he was miscast as a defensive specialist. According to Joe, his whole career would’ve been different if he’d been in a different system and able to play on the perimeter like Magic Johnson.

“When I hear those things,” Kobe says. “I don’t really understand them.”

Why should the whims of fate — which system he played in — determine the success of a man’s career? How could his father accept that? There is always a way to bend things the way you want them.

In Kobe’s mind, he would never accept disappointment on the court like his father did. He couldn’t. Not if he wanted to be a legend.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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