CBS' 60 Minutes looks back at a 22-year-old Kobe Bryant
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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Kobe Bryant will hang up his jersey Wednesday night, and CBS' 60 Minutes looked back at a 2001 interview with the NBA star.
In his interview with Charlie Rose, conducted in 2001, Bryant was just four-and-a-half years into his NBA career, and told Rose he had been passionate about basketball for as long as he could remember.
At age 3, he watched his father, Joe Bryant, then an NBA player for the then San Diego Clippers, on TV.
"The ball when it bounces, the sound that it makes, the smell of the basketball -- not one that's completely brand new or one that's too old. But one that's right in the middle. It's kind of worn down a little bit. It just smells -- it smells like NBA," he told Rose.
In the interview, Rose asked Bryant about the comparisons between him and the legendary NBA star Michael Jordan to which Bryant responded, "Michael to me was -- you know, what he was to a lot of kids," he explained. "He was Michael Jordan. You know, he was the NBA."
By the time Bryant was 34-years-old, he would become the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points, and now, retiring at age 37, he's the lead scorer in Lakers franchise history.
Thought he was only 22-years-old at the time of the interview, Kobe told Rose, "Long as I can strap my [own] sneakers up and I can go out there and play, I'm going to give you guys 110 percent always, you know, till the day I retire."