Kobe Bryant waved to fans as he and his wife Vanessa Bryant arrived for his guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Talk show in Hollywood on Thursday. The 39-year-old retired NBA legend wore a teal tailored suit while his wife, Vanessa, stayed warm in a green fur coat and black Christian Louboutin ankle boots. A large crowd of NBA fans gathered outside the studios to watch the Bryants arrive.
Kobe told Kimmel that he initially planned to use his speech at his jersey ceremony to send a message to his daughters Natalia, 14, and Gianna, 11. But his speech didn’t go as planned because the girls were more interested in meeting the celebrities at the Warriors vs Lakers game.
“When I was thinking about, ‘What am I going to say?’ I figured at this moment in time is when I have their undivided attention,” Kobe said. “When I’m at home and I’m talking to them, they’re not listening to a word I have to say. But now, in front of thousands of people, they have to pay attention. So, therefore, I’m going to talk to them about hard work, and they can’t just roll their eyes at me. I have their undivided attention, so I stole that moment to teach them something. But they could care less. They met Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar and they’re like, ‘This night is awesome!'”
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