Why Kobe Bryant Didn’t See His Parents During His Farewell Tour
Kobe Bryant hasn’t spoken to his parents in nearly three years. Not since 2013, when they tried to auction off his high school memorabilia without his consent.
“Our relationship is s**t,” he says. “I say [to them], ‘I’m going to buy you a very nice home, and the response is ‘That’s not good enough’?” he says. “Then you’re selling my s**t?”
“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” the statement from Joe and Pamela Bryant read. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we may have caused our son and appreciate the financial support that he has provided to us over the years.”
Kobe, who has two sisters, states he has stopped supporting them because they are smart college educated women who have their own careers and can support themselves.
There is your answer as to why you haven’t seen Kobe’s parents around during his farewell tour.
Kobe Bryant and His Dad
Here is something that you may not have known about Kobe. He used his father’s failure to become a superstar in NBA as motivation. As Kobe grew older and learned of the disappointments of his father’s NBA career, it was harder to relate.
Joe was a 6-foot-9 forward with the skill set of a guard. That would be en vogue in today’s NBA, but in the Eastern Conference of the late 1970s, he was miscast as a defensive specialist. According to Joe, his whole career would’ve been different if he’d been in a different system and able to play on the perimeter like Magic Johnson.
“When I hear those things,” Kobe says. “I don’t really understand them.”
Why should the whims of fate — which system he played in — determine the success of a man’s career? How could his father accept that? There is always a way to bend things the way you want them.
In Kobe’s mind, he would never accept disappointment on the court like his father did. He couldn’t. Not if he wanted to be a legend.
So, at his core, it was his father that drove him to maximize his talents to the fullest. For Kobe’s sake, I hope he can forgive them and get past all this. Friends come and go, but family is forever.