Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Kobe Bryant either has a very high or a very low opinion of himself based on how you view the entire ‘Sith vs. Jedi’ feud thing. Ostensibly in recognition of the new Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens,” coming out tonight, one of the Lakers’ reporters asked Kobe what character from the famed film franchise he would describe himself as.
Kobe’s answer revealed two things: One, is that he considers himself ‘the bad guy.’ Two, is that he really doesn’t know anything about Star Wars.
For the uninitiated, Darth Vader is a very real and very frightening super villain in the Star Wars universe. Darth Emperor – unless of course Kobe has been paling around with J.J. Abrams and has a super secret copy of “The Force Awakens” and knows something we all don’t – does not exist.
There’s Darth Sidious, Darth Vader’s ‘boss,’ if you want to call him that. He’s the leader of the Sith empire who Kobe seems to be referring to here.
But let’s not hold it against Kobe. He’s been really busy doing amazing basketball things for the last two decades, so hopefully in retirement he can catch up on the Star Wars flicks and come back with a better answer next time.
Anything but Jar Jar Binks will likely appease the masses.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.