Kobe Bryant has been remarkably candid in his interviews with reporters the last few days, providing rare glimpses into his innermost thoughts and emotions. Friday, he was asked to compare the pressure he feels to win a championship compared to the runs he made with Shaquille O’Neal earlier this decade.
“It’s different. The first one, I was so young, plus I was sharing that pressure with somebody else (Shaquille O’Neal).
“We both had the pressure to get it done, he more so than I. Now, the pressure is squarely on my shoulders to try to bring another championship here. It’s something I’ve accepted. So I think I’m a little hungrier now than I was the first time.”