Kobe enjoys watching, impressed as high-scorers put on show, but does not miss playing: 'Not even a smidge'
No itch to return for Kobe Bryant as he enjoys games as a spectator. Jaime Campos

A RETIRED Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t miss playing basketball.   

“Not even a little bit,” said the NBA legend noted for his manic competitiveness on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in Los Angeles during the launch of his first post-retirement shoe from Nike, the Kobe A.D.

"It's strange to think a couple years ago, to be in this emotional space would be unfathomable,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “But I mean not even a smidge, which I'm very thankful for because it's made my transition seamless and I can really just watch and just enjoy the games."

"I've been following it. I wouldn't say closely, but if I'm home and I have a chance to put the game on, and I'm home, I'll put the game on. I kind of know generally who is winning and who is losing.”

Asked about the high-scoring performances of Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis at the first week of the new season, Bryant admitted he was impressed, "Players have been playing phenomenally well, which is rare. Normally at the start of the season you kind of have to work yourself into a rhythm. This year they just came out of the gates smoking. That's rare."

 

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