It was 20 years ago that Kobe Bryant got his start in the NBA. He was the first ever guard drafted straight out of high school at the age of 17 by the Charlotte Hornets. His rights were pretty much immediately traded to the L.A. Lakers, with whom the Hornets had made a deal the day before the draft. Kobe went on to spend his entire career with the Lakers. It didn’t take long for Kobe to establish himself as premier guard in the league, and five championships with the Lakers made him one of the faces of the game.
You may remember a couple weeks ago when Flea played The Star-Spangled Banner on his bass before Kobe’s last game as a tribute. While fans didn’t think tons of it (I personally enjoyed it, even if it was ridiculous at parts), I would imagine that Kobe appreciated that the Chili Peppers’ bassist going all-out like he did.
Since then, it’s been all quiet on the Kobe front… Until he went on Ellen to do his exclusive first post-career interview.
The interview itself is entertaining enough to watch – you can get some insight on whether or not Kobe can dance (of course he can, right?), and whether or not he and Shaq really got along…
But the real payoff in my opinion was the prank that Kobe and Ellen pulled on an unsuspecting aesthetician who came by to discuss a problem Kobe’s been having – all the while, being fed lines by Ellen through an ear piece. I laughed out loud a few times watching this:
I’m amazed that the aesthetician managed to keep a straight face throughout – I would have lost it when offered the opportunity to buy Kobe’s game-excreted sweat before anyone else gets a chance. But it makes sense – I mean, the Lakers are selling off hardwood from the floor on the night of Kobe’s last game, so it’s about par for the course. Regardless of all that, the aesthetician is a total pro, and it seems as though nothing – no matter how farfetched – will faze her. It seems as though she has no idea what’s going on, she probably just thinks Kobe is a pretty strange dude, right up until the end when he reveals what’s really going on. I just can’t help but wonder how they managed to get this woman into Kobe’s dressing room without her realizing anything strange was going on… But I guess that’s the magic of Hollywood.
Serious question though: How much would you pay for a jar of Kobe’s sweat?