During the Heat-Thunder game on Thursday night, Dwyane Wade said that in November, Kobe Bryant tipped him off about retirement plans in a roundabout way. Lakers coach Byron Scott is now saying that Bryant told him that he was the “first to know” straight up about the five-time champ’s decision to be done after this season, according to a report by ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes.
Scott recalled a moment during the Lakers-Trail Blazers game on Saturday in which Bryant spilled the news.
“I said, ‘KB, I played you 20 minutes in the first half. I’m going to cut those minutes down. I’ve got to cut them down.’ He said, ‘That’s good, coach. That’s all right. I’m going to announce my retirement after the game.’”
“I said, ‘What?!’ That was the shock part. I was in that state for the rest of the game. Even when I was watching him play [and] I was watching him running up and down, I’m going, ‘Did he just tell me [that]?’”
It seems like a very strange, yet a very Kobe sort of thing to do — to spring something on his coach like that. I’m not sure how Scott even continued to coach (the Lakers wound up losing, 108-96). The good news is that, from Scott’s…