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Kobe Bryant hung gold medal in Pau Gasol’s locker to motivate him

Kobe Bryant talks with Andrea Kremer about his final NBA season and his plans for life beyond basketball on the Feb. 23 edition of HBO's "Real Sports."

Loner. Selfish. Single-minded. Arrogant. Aloof. Relentless. Obsessed. Ruthless.

These are all words others have used to describe Kobe Bryant, according to Andrea Kremer in the latest edition of HBO’s “Real Sports,” which airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

His former teammate Steve Nash used strictly expletives to describe the 18-time All-Star, which made Bryant laugh.

“Why are you laughing?” Kramer asked.

“’Cause they’re all true,” Bryant said.

Bryant also said he once hung his 2008 Olympic gold medal in Pau Gasol’s locker on the first day of practice for the Lakers ahead of the 2008-09 season. The Lakers had lost to the Celtics in the NBA Finals the previous season, and Gasol played for Spain, who lost to the U.S. in the 2008 gold medal game.

“We finished second in the NBA season,” Bryant told Kremer he said to Gasol. “You finished second in the Olympics. You don’t want to finish second again this year, do you? . . . My job is to bring the best out of people.”

“And did it work?” Kremer asked.

“Well, we won back-to-back championships,” Bryant said, “so it had something to do with it I guess.”

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