cool stories bro...(pun intended)
BTW, regarding West's comments...great basketball aside...at the end of the day, the team wins that wants it more. Jerry West is one of the greatest competitors the game has ever seen. Same applies to really all the great players like Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Bird, MJ. These guys really lived to play basketball. They didn't fade with fame and money.
Seeing how Kobe is still putting his health on the line night in and night out. Pushing through injuries etc. while having triple digit millions sitting in his bank account etc. is really remarkable. He could just sit out games and spend time with his family....and go shop the hell out of hollywood. The fact that he cares about winning as much as he does is the only reason he is still running on all cylinders approaching 35.
"It is not how big you are, it is how big you play"
"Basketball doesn't build character. It reveals it"
"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals"