Some people hate this Kobe, but I love this Kobe!  I’m usually not a fan of cockiness, but this is what Kobe lives for and I love to watch how it’s going to play out!  Kobe recently did an interview with Sports Illustrated and made a guarantee!  He also talked about what team(s) he fears – you know what he said right?!  Check out the quotes after the jump…



According to Jack McCallum at SI:

SI: Can you get this done? And is it hard that after winning five championships you’re battling to make the playoffs?

Bryant: It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.

SI: OK, that’s you, who has never been known for lack of confidence.

Bryant: But I’m not talking about just me. Us as a group. We will make the playoffs. And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game [a 107-97 loss in Miami on Feb. 10]. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass. OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwayne Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.