He scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and locked down McGrady, and the Lakers won in overtime.
“After the game, I go back to the house and pick all my shit up,” he says. “I take my motorcycle and go to a motel.”
Kids Dan Bailey Jersey He says he was different after that night. In Muse, he describes the transformation as his personality splitting in two: Kobe — a flawed human with problems who still had to deal with them. And the Black Mamba — a serpent, conjured at the bottom of the ocean, who channeled his fear and anger into destruction on the basketball court.
Besides basketball, Vanessa and his daughter [he had only one at the time] were all he had left to hold on to. “Life was no different than basketball,” he says. “Once I made that connection, I’ll fight for my family all the way to the end.”
In his book “The Last Season,” Phil Jackson wrote of that game against Orlando, “The first game home after a road trip is always an adjustment, with players torn between their personal and professional responsibilities. They must meet the needs of a wife or a child, who have been waiting anxiously for their return.”
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The summer before, he had reached out to a filmmaker named Gotham Chopra and asked whether he’d be interested in working with him on a documentary for Showtime.
“His assistant calls and invites me to breakfast down in Newport Beach on Aug. 22,” Chopra said. “And I’m like, ‘Shit, that’s my wife’s birthday. I can’t.’ She’s like, ‘No problem. He can meet you tomorrow night for dinner if you’re free. And, by the way, it’s his birthday.'”
It wasn’t ideal for a first meeting to take place at a birthday party. But you don’t turn down an opportunity like this. So Chopra shows up to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood early, hoping to get more than a few minutes with Kobe before the party gets going. But when he gets to the hotel restaurant, there’s no party. There’s just a small table in the back for the two of them.