Pada saat akan berangkat ke Manila untuk bertemu dan mewawancara Kobe Bryant, gw berpikir akan mendapatkan waktu istimewa untuk melakukan obrolan berhadap-hadapan dengan Kobe. “Hahahaaa, I thought the same way like you bro. Look all around, these journalists, they also had the same thought like us,” canda seorang teman yang datang dari Malaysia :D
Lagian siapa gw juga yaa mau ngobrol berdua dengan Kobe Bryant, hahahaaa :))
Hasil wawancara di bawah ini adalah kumpulan tanya jawab antara wartawan yang hadir di Manila dan jawaban yang diberikan oleh Kobe Bryant. Selamat mengikuti :D *buka kamus!
Which of your games do you consider the most important? (yang hurufnya tebal adalah pertanyaan yaa..)
I think it would be Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. It was the most challenging.
What advice can you give to help enhance the game in Asia?
Continue to learn, continue to teach. Practice, practice, practice.
Given the NBA lockout, how do you keep your rhythm? (ini pertanyaan kecolongan, harusnya gak boleh bertanya tentang NBA lockout)
Keep on practicing. Don’t stop. I make sure that when it does end, I’m ready.
What do you think contributed to the lockout? (kecolongan lagi)
I haven’t spent enough time to actually choose a favorite.
Ending the season on a bad note, what are your plans for next season?
Payback. I’m gonna make them feel my pain.
What are your thoughts on the retirement of Yao Ming?
I haven’t had the chance to reach out yet, but his contribution to the NBA has been amazing. He opened a lot of doors for other players. When he was healthy, he was phenomenal.
Tell us about the foundation you built with your wife.
The foundation fights homelessness, which is such a big problem that has been swept under the rug but definitely something that we can solve. We are growing the foundation and hopefully, it becomes something global.
What do you want to instill in kids?
There is no secret formula. The more you do it, the better you get at it.
Are you interested in once again joining the 2012 Olympics?
I’m more than happy to join.
How do you achieve greatness?
Greatness is very subjective. People have different goals, and whenever someone achieves their goals, that’s greatness.
What made you change your number from 8 to 24?
8 represents the first chapter of my life and 24 is where I am now. It also represents the 24 hours in a day. It reminds me that I should take each day as it comes.
Why aren’t you on Twitter?
I don’t feel like it. If I want to contact someone, I can call or text him. I don’t need everyone else to know what it is I want to say to that person.
What are your thoughts about your dad becoming a coach for the Los Angeles Sparks?
I’m really excited for him. He’s a natural at being a coach and I’m not just saying that because he’s my dad. I’ve been extremely lucky that I have him as a role model.
If you can pick 2 other player to form a Big 3, which players (who are not from your team) will you pick?
That question is very hard to answer. I have to consider a lot of things like chemistry, skills, etc.
What do you want to achieve outside the court?
Help other people. It’s our responsibility to do that.
Who do you think will win in a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lloyd Mayweather?
Manny is a good friend. His tenacity and competitiveness will win him the title. I’m with Manny.
What is the most important thing you learned from Phil Jackson?
Patience. He was the kind of person who allowed people to grow at their own pace.
What are your thoughts about Shaq’s retirement and his possible stint as a broadcaster?
He’s had a great career. This career change is very interesting. We’ll see. (agak malas-malasan Kobe menjawab pertanyaan ini)
*Bonus: Suasana wawancara :D
Sesaat sebelum Kobe datang, semua wartawan tampak mengetahui dari mana Kobe akan muncul. Kecuali satu orang :D
Aha! Dari sana rupanya :D
Sekarang paham kan, kenapa wawancara hadap-hadapan antara gw dan Kobe Bryant gak mungkin terlaksana? :D
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