Lamar Odom On Kobe: “He Wants To Be Better Than Michael Jordan”

By: 02.07.11

Don’t ask me how I stumbled upon Lamar Odom‘s interview in the new issue of Playboy, but I’ll be the first person to tell you to read it. Spanning everything from learning the game in New York City to his controversial college career to his first couple years in the League, L.O. is brutally honest in everything he discusses. So much so that when he’s asked what would happen if a sex tape of him and his wife Khloé Kardashian leaked out he responds, “We wouldn’t have anything to be ashamed about.” But amidst all the stories, there’s one that stood out to me about Kobe Bryant – probably because he vocalized something that we’ve all been thinking for years.

Playboy: Bryant has a reputation for being volatile and critical. Did you have to learn to deal with it?
LO: I respected it. After a short period I understood that Kobe’s trying to accomplish what most people would be scared to even admit.

Playboy: And what’s that?
LO: He wants to be better than Michael Jordan. Most people would be scared to admit that because that guy was that good and did that much. So you have to understand that what Kobe’s trying to get as a basketball player and what it takes to get there, a lot of us don’t even have the gall, the balls, the will. If you walk into a barbershop right now you can start that argument. He’s doing those things to start that argument.

Regardless of whether or not you want to start this debate, take some time to read the full interview HERE.

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