Kobe Bryant doesn't care about having friends, sidesteps controversy with newest teammate in interview

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By JOHN DORN

Just because Kobe Bryant's career is nearing its conclusion doesn't mean his trademark competitive fire is dissipating one bit.

He recently did an interview with Jemele Hill for BET's "Genius Talks," and with it came some pure Kobe gold. For example, the revelation that he once made a teammate cry.



Unfortunately, Bryant never revealed the player's identity. The man does have some sympathy.

Side bar: This comes as absolutely no surprise to us. Remember his rant to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak during a practice last season, where he openly pleaded for management to get him better teammates -- in front of his teammates? (Warning: NSFW language.)



More from the BET interview: another deep burn that doesn't really surprise us.



But for the realest look at the kind of mentality Kobe has, the following quote -- when asked about being a good friend -- sums it up the best.



Seems like he took that one way too seriously, but after two decades in the league, his fans have come to expect nothing less.

Kobe was asked about the latest controversy involving his newest teammate, Lakers draft pick Larry Nance Jr. Shortly after being drafted by Los Angeles, Nance deleted a tweet from 2012 in which he called Bryant a rapist.

"Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time... #rapist," the tweet read.

But instead of stirring the pot even further, the 36-year-old took the high road and closed the book on whatever awkwardness may have ensued.



Bryant also addressed the topic of retirement, giving no commitments either way.



When Kobe takes the mic, the world listens. Once again, the Black Mamba provided us with conversation fodder to guide us through the next stage of the NBA offseason. Video of the interview can be seen here.

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ST HELENA, CA - APRIL 29: Kobe Bryant attends the Hublot celebration of their new timepiece in the wine cellar at Napa Valley Reserve on April 29, 2015 in St Helena, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Hublot)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant waves to Detroit Pistons' Jodie Meeks as he leaves the court after the second half of an NBA Basketball game, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 93-85. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. Bryant came the closest to Wilt Chamberlain 100 in January 2006 with 81 points. The Los Angeles Lakers star scored 55 points after halftime, racking up 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting in the third quarter and 28 more in the fourth. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant warms up before an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs his right shoulder during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on January 21, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers injures his right shoulder during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on January 21, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers injures his right shoulder during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on January 21, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Kobe Bryant seen at LAX on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Honda Center on October 21, 2014 in Anaheim, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers in overtime 114-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers runs up court during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns handles the basketball against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the basketball during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Honda Center on October 21, 2014 in Anaheim, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers in overtime 114-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the basketball against Zoran Dragic #10 of the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the basketball during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the basketball against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns on October 21, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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