Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is regarded as someone that isn’t exactly fun to play with. He demands a lot out of his teammates and has no problem ripping into them if they don’t live up to his expectations. Some people hate Bryant’s style, others love it and believe it leads to winning.
Among those in the latter camp is Lakers point guard Steve Nash who called Bryant a “mother f****** a******” in the nicest way possible to Gotham Chopra, who is directing Bryant’s upcoming Showtime documentary.
From Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated:
During filming, Chopra interviewed a number of Bryant’s teammates, current and former, and he asked them to describe Bryant in three words. After each interview Kobe would text Chopra, eager to hear what people said. Most answered with some variation of “the ultimate competitor” or “killer instinct.” But when Chopra asked Steve Nash, he said something different. After thinking for a moment, Nash answered, slowly, in three beats: “Mother . . . f—— . . . a——.”
And true to form, Kobe took Nash’s comments as they were intended to be received, as a compliment.
Kobe thought this was awesome.
It’s pretty awesome that Bryant and Nash are so comfortable with talking about the five-time NBA champions personality. Kobe’s probably one of very few people that is pleased when someone calls them a “mother f****** a******.”
The two Lakers are surely hoping that Bryant’s attitude can help the Lakers turn things around after a 27-win season a year ago.