Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant Guest Stars on FOX Business Network's Scoreboard

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18:  NBA player Kobe Bryant arrives at the Los Angeles Laker's official championship victory party at Club Nokia on June 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2009

In an interview that will air tonight on Fox Business Network's Scoreboard, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant discusses his opinions on the tragic death of the king of pop, Michael Jackson, as well as what it was like to personally win his first championship without Shaquille O'Neal and how much credit his teammates deserve.

When conversing about Michael Jackson passing away, Bryant reached out.

"I think that what people don't know about Michael was the amount of time he put in to bringing so much joy to so many people all over the world....A lot of sacrifices were made for him to bring so much joy to so many people around the world. And I just hope everybody appreciates the beauty that he gave us."

Let's move on to the NBA.

The Los Angeles Lakers were crowned '08-'09 champions for the first time since the historical three-peat during the 2001-2002 NBA season.

More importantly, it was the first time in NBA history that Kobe Bryant won a title without Shaquille O'Neal by his side.

While debates raged for years regarding whether or not Bryant was capable of winning another ring alone, Bryant gave FOX the opportunity to hear his opinion firsthand.

"It wasn't even whether or not I could win one without him. It's people saying that I can't win one without him. And I use that as fuel, as motivation to push me and push me until we eventually won it."

With Bryant receiving all of the recognition for capturing his first championship "Shaq-less," No. 24, rightfully, went out of his way to hand the credit.

"My credit goes to my teammates. I mean, they spent hours and hours in the gym working on their shot and working on those exact situations. And they came through."

Don't forget to tune in to FOX Business Network's Scoreboard tonight at 7 p.m. ET to watch the entire Kobe Bryant interview.

 

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