Kobe Bryant said his breakfast Thursday with Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was a "basketball geek" conversation.
They talked about their two trips to the
Bryant, however, chose sarcasm when asked if he ever thought about Rondo as a future teammate.
"No, I haven't thought about having any future teammates before," he said.
Rondo is a free agent next July and could end up on a new team. The
Rondo, 28, currently makes $12.9 million. He is averaging 8.3 points, 10.9 assists and 7.4 rebounds a game.
Bryant says Rondo is "extremely intelligent" and a great creator on the court. He said he also admires how Rondo gets so many rebounds despite being 6-foot-1.
The Lakers (5-14) and
Maybe Bryant and Rondo had to cheer each other up over breakfast.
"Like a mutual intervention?" Bryant said with a smile.
Bryant, 36, is under contract only one more season, likely making Friday's game against the Celtics one of his last trips to
There were many games to remember here but Bryant said the one that stood out for him was losing Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals by a near-record 39 points.
"It will always sit with me," he said. "It was a drubbing."
On the plus side for the Lakers, it became a focal point of their title drives in 2009 and 2010.
"It launched us, really propelled us to win back-to-back championships because we understood the aggressiveness that we needed to play with," Bryant said.
Bryant said he isn't nostalgic as he works his way through his 19th NBA season, each stop another step toward the end of his career.
But the road games have become more meaningful, he acknowledged.
"Just kind of looking around and digesting it a lot more so than I have in the past. Just kind of taking it all in a little bit," he said.
The Lakers' next road trip could be special to Bryant for a different reason.
He is 98 points behind
Wherever and whenever he passes Jordan, Bryant said he isn't thinking about the accomplishment even though many of his contemporaries say it means a lot to him.
"I only think about it when I'm asked about it," Bryant said. "It's something that's going to come eventually."
Bryant disagreed with his former coach, Phil Jackson, who has written about and discussed what he says is Bryant's single-minded desire to top Jordan in championships and other achievements.