Kobe Bryant says he doesn’t miss playing – ‘not even a little bit’

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Kobe Bryant was already transitioning into retirement when his playing career ended.

But does Kobe – arguably the most competitive player of all-time – miss playing?

Kobe, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“Not even a little bit,” Bryant said

“It’s strange to think a couple years ago, to be in this emotional space would be unfathomable. 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’m glad Kobe acknowledged how strange his outlook is, because I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it. Kobe was consumed by basketball and winning, and to remove that aspect of his life would seemingly shock the system.

I guess not, though.

Kobe remains fascinating.