Exclusive: Fabolous Dishes On Pulling For Kobe, Admits Bryant's Championship Window's Closing [Video]
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 2:45PM
With Brooklyn rapper Fabolous recently revealing his secret love for the Los Angeles Lakers, SOHH hit up the sports fanatic to get the inside scoop on why he rocks with the Lake Show.
Although a native New Yorker, Loso said Lakers star Kobe Bryant's passion for winning turned him into an instant fan dating back to his 1996 rookie season.
"Ah man, just when he came in [to the NBA], I've seen his attitude of being a winner early and even when he first came in, I remember he had a classic challenge with Michael Jordan and he didn't back down for the challenge," Fab told SOHH referring to Kobe. "You know what I'm saying? A lot of guys would have been a little intimidated because you're playing against the best player in the world and you know Kobe gave 'em some numbers too so from there I grew up liking Kobe." (SOHH)
Fab also acknowledged Kobe's recent hints at retirement likely coming within the next two seasons and said his legacy will live forever.
"He's played a long time," Fab added when asked for his take on Kobe's retirement coming sooner than later. "It's looking like it's at the end of his career. But you know, he could still ball with the best of 'em. Whenever he go, he's still going to be looked at as one of the greatest." (SOHH)
Earlier this month, the Brooklyn rap star questioned whether Kobe's Lakers could make a strong push into the upcoming NBA playoffs.
"So you guys still think the Lakers are going to make the playoffs," Fab asked in an interview. "Let me tell you something. I'm actually a Laker fan, like I'm a quiet Laker fan. I'm not from LA, so I don't preach it as much, but I really, I grew up loving Kobe Bryant's game and the Lakers and stuff like that. But I'm a little skeptical in them making the playoffs. I'm hoping what I'm saying is some motivation. I'm hoping this interview gets out. My inner Laker fan wants this to be a motivational turn for them. ... Like, in the locker room, they're going to play this over and over. You gotta win, man." ("Los Angeles Leakers")
As of today, Kobe is currently out indefinitely with an ankle injury as the Lakers try to make a late season run to the post season.
Kobe Bryant didn't play Sunday night in the Los Angeles Lakers 113-102 victory against the Sacramento Kings as he was recovering from a severely sprained left ankle as well as the flu. He is considered doubtful for Monday's game vs. Phoenix, according to the Lakers. "He's still a little bit under the weather, but he'll come and try to go before the game and then he'll decide whether he can go or not," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after the team's shootaround Sunday. Bryant did not participate in the shootaround. (ESPN)
Check out Fabolous' interview: