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Kobe Bryant on 'Kimmel': 'What's a Laker team in L.A. without drama?'

Kobe Bryant appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday. Part I of the interview is above. Parts II and III are below.

Here are a few highlights:

On outscoring the Hornets 20-0 to close out Wednesday's comeback victory: "It was about time we started playing some kind of defense that night."

On the Lakers' struggles to meet expectations: "It's Los Angeles. What's a Laker team in L.A. without drama? ... The start of the year was tough because you had so many different pieces coming in. We obviously had a coaching change. We had to adjust to the system, we had all these injuries. So it was a lot of moving pieces. But right now I feel we're in a good place."

On his teammates' reaction to his playoff guarantee: "If anybody in that locker room would have said, 'Well, I don't know if we're going to make it,' I would have called the Buss family and said, 'Cut this guy right now. Get him out of here,'" Kobe said, laughing.

On his summer basketball camp for kids: "We just try to teach them how to play the right way. It's funny --  I'll put them in the triangle offense. And I have these 8-year-olds running the triangle offense. It's hilarious."

On whether he'd leave the Lakers if it gave him a better chance to win another title: "I'm not going anywhere. I couldn't possibly [leave]. I've been very fortunate to be with one organization. I just feel like you just try to do the best that you can to win with the organization you're with. If it happens, great. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

On retirement: "[My career is] coming to an end. I'm happy that it will be in a Lakers uniform. It will be soon. ... When I came in the league, I had an Afro. I can't grow one now if I tried."

• After discussing Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea, Bryant and Kimmel had the following exchange:

Kimmel: Have you ever gotten any overtures from Kim Jong Un?

Bryant: I haven't heard anything yet.

Kimmel: Would you go over there and focus on stopping this potential nuclear warhead that could come over? That seems more important than the game.

Bryant: Yeah, but I'd probably pass.

Kimmel: You would pass on that one?

Bryant: I'd probably pass.

Kimmel: Oh, for once you're passing.

Bryant: Yeah [laughter].

Kimmel: White House gets burned down because you're passing.

See more of the interview here:


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