The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant speaks to the media after the final game of his NBA career... more »

Full Credits

Producer: Anna Sonenshein
Director: Martin Usher
Writer: James Davis
DP: Matt Sweeney
1st A.D. : Dennis Burrell
2ND A.D.: Nadia Dabibi
Gaffer: Zach Zediman
Sound: Mike Robertson
HMU: Ferryn Frost
Editor: Coert Donohue

Transcript

♪ [music] ♪
[background chatter and camera shutters]
James Davis: The Mamba wants to
speak from the heart.
James Davis: I've prepared a statement.
I mean, of course I did.
James Davis: I think we all know my legendary
history of preparation.
James Davis: I'm a great pre-parer.
[reporters laugh]
James Davis: There's been a lot of things
said about Kobe Bryant:
James Davis: "Kobe Bryant's amazing."
James Davis: "He's awesome"
James Davis: "He's analytical"
James Davis: "He's amazing"
James Davis: "He's...
James Davis: an alien."
James Davis: And so on and so forth,
down the alphabet.
James Davis: That was just A.
James Davis: But a lot of people,
they don't know,
James Davis: they don't know
about my humility.
James Davis: I'm the most humblest motherfucker
in this room right now.
[reporters laugh]
James Davis: I mean, I was gonna tell this
speech in 7 different languages,
James Davis: I have it down here,
but I was like,
James Davis: "Nah, Mamba, don't go
over their heads."
James Davis: Over the years, I've
watched players retire.
James Davis: They spend a lot of time
thanking people, and talking
James Davis: about the things
they've done.
James Davis: Not me.
James Davis: Mamba's not gonna talk
about what Mamba's done.
James Davis: You all were there.
You saw it.
James Davis: But I'm not going to do
any thanking either.
James Davis: Instead of "thank you's,"
James Davis: I'm gonna do
"you're welcome's."
James Davis: First you're welcome
goes to,
James Davis: rappers.
James Davis: The Mamba didn't take
over hip-hop.
James Davis: I could've, but I didn't.
James Davis: You're welcome.
James Davis: I could've scored a
points, but I didn't.
James Davis: You're welcome
Toronto Raptors and
James Davis: Wilt Chamberlain
James Davis: I mean, I was hot.
I could've dropped
James Davis: a c-note on your ass,
but like I said,
James Davis: the Mamba's humble
as fuck.
James Davis: I didn't bone Brandy,
James Davis: which I could've,
James Davis: and should've, but I didn't.
James Davis: And trust me,
James Davis: Moesha wanted the dick.
James Davis: We didn't put out
that Brandy sex tape.
James Davis: We left that for Ray J.
James Davis: So, you're welcome Ray J,
and subsequently the
James Davis: Kardashians.
James Davis: And while we're
on the subject,
James Davis: Colorado,
James Davis: I could've gloated,
James Davis: I could've been like OJ, and
just thrown a house party,
James Davis: but I didn't. I just humbly
resumed my role as the
James Davis: greatest basketball player
in the galaxy.
James Davis: You're welcome
to Nike,
James Davis: Jerry Buss,
James Davis: Jack, the fans,
James Davis: fucking family...
James Davis: Fish, you out here?
Fish!
James Davis: D-Fish,
James Davis: you're welcome for, uh,
James Davis: me saving you out of
Little Rock Arkansas,
James Davis: or wherever the fuck
you're from.
James Davis: You're welcome,
because
James Davis: Matt Barnes was going to be
here, but I told him not. So...
He's not going
to be here?
James Davis: He's not going
to be here.
James Davis: So you are safe for
the next two hours.
Okay.
James Davis: And you're welcome for this
two minutes of TV time.
Male Reporter: Kobe, would
you care to address the
whole D'Angelo
Russell issue?
James Davis: Uh, I already
addressed it.
James Davis: He'll probably upload it later.
[laughter is heard]

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