Kobe Bryant is set to have both of his jerseys retired by the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but he’s still got a few years left until it’s his turn to enter the hall. When he does, though, you already know it’s going to be another iconic moment in the life of the Black Mamba.
Kobe was a key guest during Nike’s “Le Quartier” event in Paris, and Complex’s Liz Levy had a chance to sit down with the always-fascinating five-time champion. Bryant revealed why he feels so drawn to mentoring “the next generation,” a passion he’s been focused on since retiring.
When it’s Kobe’s time to walk into the hall, he wants to be immortalized by one of the people who helped him through his journey to becoming one of the all-time greats. Levy popped the question and Kobe obliged, revealing he wants either Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan
“Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson. They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete, but also as a person. And what I might say is just a lot of thank yous. ‘Cause I’ve had a lotta help along the way. A lotta lotta help,” Bryant said.
Safe money is probably on Phil, as it’s hard to imagine His Airness pulling up for this one, but you never know. Honestly, though, we all know it should be Pau Gasol up there honoring Kobe.
The full interview is an interesting window into where Kobe’s at mentally since retiring, so definitely give it a few minutes to see what’s up in Bryant land. Spoiler: He says Roy Hibbert is calling him almost “every single day” wanting to invest with him.