Kobe in Hollywood

Kobe Bryant made an appearance today at a Nike-sponsored event in Hollywood designed to promote the company’s newest project: the construction of playgrounds/fields around the greater Southern California area. Kobe was the headliner, following Serena Williams and skater Paul Rodriguez Jr., and the 200 or so kids on hand were thrilled to see him. Kobe slapped hands with the kids after he finished speaking, but unfortunately the kids didn’t get any closer to finding out what Kobe thinks of the Lakers these days.

Every time a question was asked that was…well, interesting, one of Kobe’s “people” pulled him away. He said, two or three times, that he didn’t want to talk about his situation and instructed reporters to “call Mitch Kupchak” instead. Right-o. Kobe expressed empathy for Derek Fisher, who he described as a good friend, but wouldn’t comment, even in a general sense, as to whether he would be pleased if the Lakers signed Fisher.

Chances are you’ll see Kobe on the news tonight, talking about playgrounds.

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  • gdchild

    No comments is the best answer.

    Kobe is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t in the media guys’ eyes.

  • professional courtesy

    dave vassegh was doing a one on one interview ith him and might have gotten something out of him, but apparently the newspaper people wouldn’t let him. oh well, it would have been nice to hear what he had to say, but the newspaper people wouldn’t let a radio guy get an exclusive. oh well.

  • Rich Hammond

    There were no one-on-one interviews. There was one group session with English-speaking television reporters, one with Spanish-speaking television reporters and one with radio reporters and others. Anyone who thinks they were going to “get something out of him” is kidding themselves.

  • Lakerfan

    Kobe gives interviews in Spanish?

  • Rich Hammond

    I’m not certain if Kobe speaks Spanish, but he certainly understands it. Most of the Spanish-language media’s questions were in English, but I definitely heard one in Spanish and Kobe understood it and answered (in English) without a problem. Maybe he studied it in school or maybe spending time in Italy helped him pick up the language.

  • gdchild

    Or Kobe learns Spanish from Wify Venessa.

  • akp

    or maybe its his wife… that he caught some of it… thats my guess..

  • Rich Hammond

    That’s a good point about his wife…

  • cassy

    Rich from everything you have heard and seen,do you see kobe in the lakers lineup come opening night?He still hasnt retracted his demand

  • Lakerfan

    Cassy, Why would Kobe say anything right now? Nothing has happened.. unless you think a potential Fisher signing is all Kobe meant by “winning now”? Nothing major has happened to drastically change his mindset.