James Harden on Kobe Bryant

>> Jimmy: LOOK AT YOU, YOU'RE BIG. YOU'RE A GOOD-LOOKING MAN, I HAVE TO SAY. >> I APPRECIATE THAT. >> Jimmy: SEEING YOU IN PERSON. >> I APPRECIATE THAT. >> LIKE THE BEARD, I THINK YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECISION, IT'S YOUR TRADEMARK NOW, YOU CAN'T SHAVE THAT NOW. >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING? [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: I'M TRYING TO GET A TRADEMARK GOING OF MY OWN. >> I SEE, I SEE, I SEE. >> Jimmy: THIS IS AN INTERESTING THING. YOUR AGENT IS NOW THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. >> YES. >> Jimmy: DOES THAT MEAN HE'S YOUR AGENT ANYMORE? >> IT'S OVER. >> Jimmy: IT'S OVER? >> I MEAN, I TOLD HIM A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE LAKERS? YOU GOT TO TAKE IT. I'M HAPPY FOR HIM. HE'S HAPPY. BEST OF LUCK TO HIM. >> Jimmy: DO YOU NEED AN AGENT? I WOULD LOVE TO REPRESENT YOU. ARE YOU ENTERTAINING OFFERS? HAVING MEETINGS? >> NO, I STILL HAVE AN AGENT. >> Jimmy: YOU DO. >> YEAH, SHE'S MY AGENT. >> Jimmy: WELL, ALL RIGHT. YOU KNOW, I WANT TO ASK ABOUT THIS, I DON'T KNOW WHO MADE THIS DEAL FOR YOU. YOU'VE GOT THIS CANDY NOW WHICH I GUESS IT'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL FOR AN ATHLETE. [ LAUGHTER ] TO BE ON A CANDY. I'M GOING TO OPEN THIS. I'M INTERESTED IN THE CANDY ITSELF. BECAUSE IT REALLY, BOY, TELL YOU WHAT IT LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU. [ LAUGHTER ] >> TASTE IT, GO AHEAD. TASTE IT. >> Jimmy: IT TASTES LIKE YOU DO. [ LAUGHTER ] >> OH MY GOD. >> Jimmy: IS THAT EXCITING TO HAVE YOUR OWN CANDY? >> YEAH, AS KIDS, ADULTS, EVERYONE LOVES CANDY. >> Jimmy: REGGIE JACKSON HAD HIS OWN CANDY BAR. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO REGGIE JACKSON IS? >> EHH. >> Jimmy: OH, NO! YOU KIDS TODAY. YANKEES FANS ARE CRYING IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW. YEAH. YEAH, NO, REGGIE WAS A BASEBALL PLAYER. >> YEAH. OLD SCHOOL. I KNOW REGGIE JACKSON, I DO. >> Jimmy: YEAH, YEAH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. YOU'RE MAKING -- KOBE BRYANT SAID ON THIS VERY SHOW, I ASKED HIM IF THERE WAS ONE GUY HE'D WANT. WHO WOULD IT BE? HE SAID IT WAS YOU. YOU WERE A LAKERS FANS AS A KID. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> COMING FROM KOBE, THAT'S AN HONOR. I JUST TRY TO COMPETE AT A HIGH LEVEL EVERY NIGHT. COMING FROM HIM, ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT, MEANS A LOT TO ME. Jimmy: CUTTIDID YOU GET EXCITED WHEN YOU HEARD HE SAID THAT? HAD HE SAID IT TO YOU PERSONALLY? >> WE TALK, WE'RE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS. HE'S NEVER TOLD ME THAT IN PERSON. >> Jimmy: WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST TIME HE PLAYED AGAINST HIM? HE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER. WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE? >> NERVOUS IN THE BEGINNING. THEN ONCE THE BALL -- HE HAD THE BALL, AND I WAS GUARDING HIM. I HAD TO TRY TO STOP HIM. I HAD NO OTHER CHOICE. >> Jimmy: YOU GUYS PLAYED IN A KIND OF PICKUP GAME. >> YEAH. >> Jimmy: WHAT IS IT CALLED? >> THE D-LEAGUE. >> Jimmy: HERE IN DOWN DURING THE NBA LOCKOUT? >> LOCKOUT, SUMMERTIME. IT'S LIKE WASHINGTON PARK. IT WAS JUST A LITTLE SMALL GYM. >> Jimmy: KIDS PLAY THERE? >> KIDS PLAY THERE. HE CAME OUT. I HAD 50 POINTS, THOUGH. >> Jimmy: HOW MANY DID HE HAVE IF. >> UM -- HE HAD LIKE 40? BUT HE HAD THE GAME WINNER. >> Jimmy: HE HAD THE GAME WINNER, OF COURSE. THAT'S WHAT HE DOES. IS HE THE MOST COMPETITIVE GUY YOU'VE PLAYED AGAINST? >> YES, FOR SURE. FOR SURE. HE SHOWS IT ON THE COURT AS WELL. JUST BY HIS DEMEANOR. >> Jimmy: ARE YOU GLAD YOU COULD HAVE TO PLAY DEFENSE HIM? >> I THINK WE ALL MISS HIM, HE'S A LEGEND. >> Jimmy: DO YOU EVER HAVE ANY -- >> I'M IN SEASON, HE DOESN'T WANT THEM PROBLEMS ANYMORE. >> Jimmy: HE DOESN'T WANT THAT FROM YOU? >> HE'S TOO OLD NOW. >> Jimmy: 48 DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS YEAR. WHICH IS ASTONISHING. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE THE MVP? THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE LEAGUE? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU CAN SEE HOW FAR THE LAKERS HAVE FALLEN THAT YOU'RE NOW IN L.A. AND PEOPLE ARE ROOTING FOR A HOUSTON ROCKET. BUT DO YOU, INSIDE YOURSELF, FEEL LIKE YOU ARE THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER? >> YEAH, YES. >> Jimmy: YOU DO? >> YES. PRESEASON, OR BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED, THEY PREDICTED US TO BE LIKE 10th. NOW WE'RE 3rd. THE THIRD BEST RECORD OVERALL IN THE NBA. YOU KNOW, IT JUST -- FROM LAST YEAR, WE BARELY MADE THE PLAYOFFS. NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTEND FOR A TITLE. >> Jimmy: YOU DON'T NEED AN

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