Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Explains How Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan Drove Desire To Win 8 NBA Championships
Kobe Bryant, Lakers, Celtics
Garrett Ellwood-Getty Images

As a young teenager just drafted to the NBA and traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant didn’t hide the lofty goals and expectations he held for himself. It was that motivation which led to then-general manager Jerry West completing a deal for the young shooting guard.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH 🔥🔥🔥

While Bryant needed time to develop, he and Shaquille O’Neal, along with head coach Phil Jackson, led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships. Bryant’s meteoric rise and O’Neal advancing in age, led to the juggernaut being broken up.

Lean years were put an end to when the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol, resulting in two titles over three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

During a public speaking event, Bryant reflected on his five championships and aspirations he had as a young child, via Body Armor:

“I left a few on the table, to be honest with you. As a kid you grow up and you say, ‘OK, this is what I want to do. I want to win eight championships.’ I fell three short, but that was a real thing for me. This is what I’m going to do, right? It’s like us sitting here and saying, ‘We’re going to be the number one sports drink in 2025.’ Everybody will sit there and laugh at it. As a 10-year-old kid, I said, ‘I want eight championships. I want to be one of the greatest players of all time.”

Bryant then explained his desire behind winning eight NBA titles:

“Because Magic had five, Jordan won six. So, Michael won one more than Magic. I wanted to win two more than Michael. It makes no sense, but it made sense to me.”

Missed opportunities for Bryant and the Lakers primarily include losses in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Falling to their archrival was agitating, but Bryant in particular takes blame for Detroit pulling off a stunning upset in five games.

Want to get your content COMPLETELY AD FREE? Follow us on Apple News!

You May Also Like

Lakers Game Preview: Lakers Must Play as a Team to Take Down Spurs

On Friday night the Lakers logged a Cadmean victory over the Warriors.…

Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Bynum’s Mouth As Big As His Fro

When talking about Bryant’s impact on his career, the Andrew Bynum felt…

Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel Sees 3 All-Stars On Heat Roster

Although it has been a decade since the Los Angeles Lakers were last in the NBA Finals, there is little time to…

Lakers News: Jordan Clarkson Helping Kids In Low-Income Areas

In 2014, the Los Angeles Lakers made an incredibly savvy move when they purchased the 46th pick in the draft from the Washington Wizards and used it to select guard Jordan Clarkson…