“I would go 0 for 30 before I went 0 for 9.” — Kobe Bryant
SI recently released their piece on Kobe last week and today, SI’s Chris Ballard shared some extras that missed the cut. Here it is in context:
Gotham Chopra, the director of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”, an upcoming documentary on Bryant, told a story about being with Kobe and watching the Nets and the Heat play. Recounts Chopra, “Deron Williams went like 0-for-9. I was like, ‘Can you believe Deron Williams went 0-9?’ Kobe was like, ‘I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9. 0-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you’ve just now lost confidence in yourself.’
This is Kobe Bryant in a nutshell. It’s this type of moxie that makes Kobe Bryant who he is. Surely pundits will say: “Wow…talk about cocky,” but you need this kind of approach and ego to be the best. Kobe is unfazeable. It’s like the time Matt Barnes faked that he was going to inbound the ball into Kobe’s face and he just didn’t flinch.
What a savage…and let’s just dwell on that quote one more time:
“I would go 0-for-30 before I went 0-for-9.”
Hell yes, man. We’re all looking forward to seeing Kobe back on the court in two months.
Kobe Bryant the Based God.