– Are you buying that the Oscar means more to Kobe than the titles?
SHANNON SHARPE: I absolutely do. Because as I mentioned, last week at the Icon Man Award, I had an opportunity to talk to Kobe Bryant. And a lot of what he said there, he was talking to me when he and I was talking. And I don’t normally divulge conversations, but since he divulged it.
SKIP BAYLESS: You divulge lots of conversations.
SHANNON SHARPE: I don’t like to do that, Skip.
SKIP BAYLESS: Every other day, you drop another conversation. But go ahead.
SHANNON SHARPE: But talking to Kobe, and he said that. He said, man– and I said well, you know, do you miss it. He said hell no. He said, as an athlete you know this. He said, when you devote your every life, your every waking moment to being the best at something, and you leave no stone unturned, you’re able to walk away and feel good with what you were able to accomplish.
He said, I thought I could get nothing else out of my career. That was it. He says, but now, in this, he says, I’m equally if not more motivated to do this, and be great at this, as I was basketball. You see, Skip, as he said, he