Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/5/13
Kobe Bryant has never apologized for being a sometimes difficult superstar, and the five-time NBA champion says he'd rather be remembered as a winner than as a good teammate. Bryant made the statement in a Facebook post and explained his feelings to ESPNLA this week. "When you win, you share it. Everybody is happy," Bryant said, then explained why being a good teammate by itself doesn't cut it for him. "You want to have a really close team, you guys are all friends, you guys have a good time, you guys enjoy each other's company. You get to the Finals, you lose. This happens all the time. You never get to win the championship. Now, you fast forward 20 years from now and you guys are sitting back at whatever get-together function that you're having and you guys finally get a chance to reconnect because when you guys retire, you all go separate ways even though you guys were all buddies when you played, and you got to sit around telling old stories about how you were this close. 'Oh, we were this close. Oh we were this close. But, we had a great time, though!' "And when you fast forward years from now and it's me, Lamar (Odom), (Trevor) Ariza and all these guys and we pushed each other. We had some really contentious moments, but that got us to be champions and we're close because of everything that we went through. So, you go 20 years from now, we're sitting back, laughing, enjoying each other's company because we really love each other. There's a brotherhood that's been formed there, and we won. I would rather have that, than that other one."
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