Saturday , Aug , 11 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant Refuses To Address Future With L.A. Lakers On Jimmy Kimmel Show

This interview had boundaries. There were things Kimmel wasn’t allowed to ask Bryant-like whether he plans to suit up for the purple-and-gold. And Bryant continued his policy of non-disclosure. Right or wrong, fair or not, he revealed nothing and said nothing about his career plans …

Two days ago, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show. They discussed a range of issues: domestic chores, Harry Potter books, Team USA, growing up in Italy, , and David Beckham. But they never talked about the one thing fans were most interested in: Bryant’s future with the . 

Part 1 of Bryant-Kimmel interview:

Part 2 of Bryant-Kimmel interview:

My Quick Take: This interview had boundaries. There were things Kimmel wasn’t allowed to ask Bryant-like whether he plans to suit up for the purple-and-gold. And Bryant continued his policy of non-disclosure. Right or wrong, fair or not, he revealed nothing and said nothing about his career plans.

However, a few points in the interview were worth noting:

1) Bryant laughed when Kimmel joked that the guard must have hurt his back carrying the Lakers last season.

2) Bryant was quite enthusiastic about his experience with Team USA. He’s enjoying playing with other stars; again, another not-so-subtle message for the Lakers’ front office to acquire outside talent.

3) When Kimmel brought up his future with the Lakers, Bryant simply nodded and smiled. Again, his policy of non-disclosure.

Little has changed with Bryant’s situation. Right now, things are quiet, so quiet that something big has to be brewing between the star and the Lakers.

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