Kobe Bryant’s look said it all.
After watching his teammates celebrate after Sunday’s overtime win against the Boston Celtics, just the team’s 14th victory of the season, Bryant was all but speechless as he visited “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night.
Before leaving the court after what was his best performance of the season, Jeremy Lin’s post-game interview was interrupted by a silly Nick Young, Jordan Hill and (briefly) Carlos Boozer.
“If you’re doing something that isn’t very well done,” said Bryant. “I’m not going to say it’s very well done.”
The Lakers blew a nine-point lead with less than two minutes to go in regulation, before pulling away in overtime against their longtime rivals.
Bryant is out for the season, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. The Lakers are among the bottom-four teams in the NBA.
The All-Star guard also noted that he’s not guaranteed to retire after the final year on his contract next season.
“I’m just trying to come back from this injury, and I just take this one day at a time,” said Bryant. “I don’t want to play through a year where everybody knows you’re retiring. They kind of give you that swan song. I hate that.
“I want to play the way I’ve been playing for the last 19 years. I want to have the same experiences that I’ve had. If you want to boo, boo. If you want to heckle, heckle. Those are things that I’ll never forget.”