Found February 07, 2013 on NESN.com:
Kobe Bryant is clear about this: He does not like the Celtics, and he never wants to wear green. But that doesn’t mean he won’t get caught fraternizing with the enemy. Bryant showed an affinity for Boston sports in an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan before the Lakers got ready to play the Celtics on Thursday night. He shared the distaste he had for the Celtics when he was brought in for a workout in 1996, but he also talked about the close ties he has with some of Boston’s biggest stars. Whether it be Rajon Rondo, to whom Bryant wished a fast recovery, or Paul Pierce, with whom he’s tangled and talked trash many times, Bryant had respect for his foes on the C’s. But his favorite Boston sports figures by far are with the Patriots. In what Bryant said was “one of the lowest moments of my career,” he recalled losing the 2008 NBA Finals at TD Garden, when the Celtics routed the Lakers 131-92. At that point, Bryant had only ever won a championship with Shaquille O’Neal, and he sai...
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