June 2010, after winning his fifth title: "I just got one more than Shaq. August 2014: "I would go 0-for-30 [from the floor] before I would go 0-for-9.
If I go out there and miss game winners, and people say, 'Kobe choked,' or 'Kobe is seven-for-whatever in pressure situations.' Well, [expletive] you."20. 16, 2014, after ESPN ranked him the 40th-best player in the NBA: "I've known for a long time they're a bunch of idiots. I tend to use things as motivation that tend to be in the realm of reality."22.
Esquire: You write that "the history of men is written on their faces." Explain that a little."The history of men is literally written on their faces," he writes.While the surfeit of attention paid in recent years to a seeming bearded resurgence headed up by the world's hipsters, athletes, and celebrities might lead one to believe that we're living through one of the seismic facial hair realignments Oldstone-Moore identifies, we're not quite there yet. 23, 2015 -- Kobe Bryant's 37th birthday -- and has been brought back for his 38th birthday. Live-tweeting a Lakers game after tearing his Achilles tendon:9. 16, 2015, on being forced to retire if his hand fell off: "Even then, you could still play with one hand."10. 16, 2014, after scoring 44 points on 34 shots in 31 minutes during a Lakers blowout loss: "I'd rather not have to do that, but you can't sit back and watch crime happen in front of you."11. 1, 2014: "Because I don't want chumps, I don't want pushovers, and if you're a chump and a pushover, I will run over you."12. So part of that was [Phil Jackson] trying to tame me."16. March 12, 2014: "I feel like killing everybody every time I go to the arena."26. They can all kiss my a-- as I'm sure he feels the same way. He has been funny, savage, wise and defensive, but most of all, Kobe Bryant has often been candid. 18, 2015: "I've shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. December 1997: "When I have the chance to guard Michael Jordan, I want to guard him. After scoring 38 in a win over the Mavericks, and in response to Dallas owner Mark Cuban openly suggesting the Lakers could amnesty Bryant:13. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that's being thrown at us and remember every person that's kicking you when you're down, because next year it ain't gonna be this way. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it's quick."14. 18, 2013, on Le Bron James asserting that the 2012-13 Lakers would never experience the level of scrutiny his Miami Heat did: "What does it matter? June 28, 2015: "There's certain players that I've made cry. If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f--- off."32.