Kobe Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel yesterday he wants to help find the Lakers’ next head coach. The Lakers turned down his help in their last two coaching searches, but he’s hoping they take his opinion into account this time around.
“On the last two they didn’t,” Bryant said. “On the third one, I’m hoping they do.”
When asked about the freshly-departed Mike D’Antoni, Kobe said his former coach was never given a fair shot at success with the team.
"Mike was dealt a really bad hand in dealing with all the injuries that he had here," Bryant said. "This is a tough place, man. If you're not winning, you're not going to survive, man."
He also said he wasn’t a fan of the celebratory tweet Magic Johnson sent out just minutes after the team announced D’Antoni was gone.
"The first thing I thought of was seeing the munchkins on the Yellow Brick Road dancing and singing, 'The Wicked Witch is dead,'" Bryant said. "When he tweeted that, that song just came to mind."
Kimmel also asked the uber-competitive Bryant what it was like watching the Lakers season from the sideline this past year. His answer didn’t disappoint.
It was “highly enjoyable," Bryant said. “I’d rather sit at home and eat paint chips.”
His thoughts on watching the NBA playoffs from home were pretty similar.
“It doesn’t really matter to me because I’m not winning so what the hell do I care who wins,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me.”