Kevin Frazier Sits Down With Kobe Bryant

Glad we’re not alone. Looking over the teaser announcement for Wednesday night’s debut of  Connected With… Kobe Bryant on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we were immediately struck by the following excerpt:

On retiring: “I could play another five years. That’s not to say I will.”

Say what!? Veteran Laker watchers have all bandied about the time frame of two to three years. This latest reminder of Bryant’s super-human physical specimen qualities, from the specimen himself, is new and as also noted at Lakers Nation by Daniel Buerge, jaw-dropping. Maybe this is Bryant’s way of letting interested Chinese parties know that he will be ready and able to suit up over there around the fall of 2015.

Bryant has given a number of very memorable interviews this troubled season. Another came just last week via Yahoo Sports columnist Marc Spears.

The latest episode of Connected With… premieres Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. PT, following the Trail Blazers-Lakers game. And just for the record, since Bryant also touches on his newer nickname during the conversation with omn! Insider co-host Kevin Frazier, “Vino” to us reeks when stood alongside “The Black Mamba.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.