Washington Wizards star John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is “watching other people’s pockets and I’m not worried about basketball and getting better.”
The three men most responsible for Team USA’s surviving the absence of all the starry names that, because of injury or a mere desire for extra rest, didn’t make themselves available this summer: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, et al.
San Antonio signed a second Argentinean earlier this summer when they added ?swingman Patricio Garino to the roster. Garino, 23, played high school and college ball in the United States, earning second-team honors in the Atlantic 10 last season at George Washington before not being selected in the June draft.
“I was ready,” Bryant said. “This is a process that I’ve been on for 17 years, to try to figure out what comes next. What you understand as athletes, once you hang up the first passion you have to find something that you’re just as passionate about. It’s very difficult. It was difficult for me. I was born to play basketball. From the age of 4, this is all I knew. but I knew it comes to an end, so what comes next? But it took me 17 years for me to figure out what that is. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s a lot of reading. For the last three years, I was ready.”
There was one bit of basketball business to attend to. The city chose this date — Aug. 24, or 8/24 — because it represented the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his career. So how would Bryant differentiate between the two versions of him?
“I think 24 grew to have more perspective,” Bryant said. “Eight was like a racehorse, you’ve got the blinders on, you see one thing, you’re going after it. Twenty-four, you start getting a little broad[er] perspective, you have a little more awareness.”
Which number would he chose to hang in Staples Center?
“I’ll probably flip a coin,” he said with a grin.
“When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were playing well we were all Angelenos, united and watching greatness,” council member Jose Huizar said.
“The unforgettable moments at the buzzer inspired us to work harder on the things in our lives,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Speaking in Spanish at the conclusion of his remarks, Garcetti said Bryant represents the spirit of Los Angeles and the heart of Los Angeles.