Kobe Bryant was in China for the Nike RISE Campaign and held a Q&A session. The five-time champion spoke on former and present teammates, the upcoming season, and more. Kobe also launched his official China website, which you can take a look at here.
Here is a recap of the RISE Q/A session as transcribed by Google:
Q: In your 19-year career, which coach is the greatest and what is his greatness?
Bryant: Phil Jackson was my best coach so far. The best in the business.
Q: If you go back in time, you would choose basketball?
Bryant: Basketball for sure, for sure.
Q: How can you continue to play for so many years, all the effort, what is the driving force behind it?
Bryant: I love what I do and want to do it as long as I can. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
Q: Kobe Bryant, I know you like football. How are your football skills?
Bryant: I’m pretty good. Used to be better when I was kid playing in Italy! I can still juggle, though.
Q: After you retire, you will start a basketball school?
Bryant: Absolutely. I enjoy teaching and inspiring and helping others reach their full potential.
Q: 19 years, what have you encountered that has been the most difficult?
Bryant: The hardest part now is recovery. When I was younger, I didn’t have to do any of that. Dealing with injuries is the hardest part.
Q: Do you have plans to coach or not?
Bryant: No. Coaching isn’t for me. I just have no interest in doing it.
Q: You have two daughters, will we see a son?
Bryant: Haha! Maybe. We’ll see!
Q: In the game, who is your best teammate?
Bryant: Pau Gasol is phenomenal. Derek Fisher is like a brother to me.
Q: The last few seasons, the Lakers record has not been good, injuries have also occurred. Recently, Lakers management acquired Randle, Russell, Clarkson and other young talents. Your thoughts on next season and the Lakers prospects?
Bryant: We didn’t get some free agents, but we did great in the draft. We have a good mix and a good balance.
Q: When you meet someone that questions your ability, what do you do?
Bryant: So? It doesn’t matter. You have to move on and focus on doing something else. It doesn’t mean I still can’t be a great player. I accept what I can and can’t do.
Q: What do you think of Roy Hibbert?
Bryant: He has a certain skill set that’s hard to find. He has a great ability to pass the ball. He can score, and he can pass.[divide]