Following Kobe Bryant’s final game in Toronto, it was one of the rare times the Air Canada Centre’s media room was transformed into a stage for a press conference for a visiting player.
Needless to say, it was well-deserved and needed.
More than 50 members of the media and far too many video cameras packed into a small area to hear Kobe Bryant talk about his legacy, finally losing the battle to Father Time, the importance of going out on his own terms and how growing up in Europe impacted his development as a basketball player.
Here are some locker room chats I had while covering the Portland Trail Blazers. You can hear my chats with Carmelo Anthony on game-winning shots (3:00), Damian Lillard on the emotional burst a big road win can give a team (8:00), Anfernee Simons on the confidence he gained scoring 37 points against Sacramento last season (12:30), Kent Bazemore on why he loves playing for and living in Portland (15:30), and Nassir Little on which veterans he’s learning from during his rookie season (17:00).
Here are some highlights of Doc Rivers chatting with the media this week. Doc Rivers chatted with the media about having Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the floor together (1:00), Patrick Beverly’s impact on the defensive end (2:30), the bond between players and coaches after winning a championship (3:30), defense winning championships (5:00), growth of his team this season (6:30), and Kawi Leonard’s patience on the court (7:45).