Kobe Bryant talks Donald Sterling, Mike D'Antoni with Jimmy Kimmel

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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Kobe Bryant appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, and the time he met with Donald Sterling as a free agent came up in the conversation.

"At the time, the biggest concern was, was he willing to spend to have a successful team?" Bryant said.

Asked about the Clippers' postseason fate, he said that he hoped at some point both Los Angeles teams could meet in the playoffs. As for right now, though, it's a little different.

"It doesn't really matter to me," Bryant said with a laugh. "'Cause I'm not winning, so what the hell do I care who wins? It doesn't matter to me, man."

The Los Angeles Lakers star guard also commented on head coach Mike D'Antoni's recent departure, and said that he's hoping that the team consults with him about their next head coach, via ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

"Honestly, I didn't care," Bryant said Thursday during a guest appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," when asked whether he was happy D'Antoni accepted a buyout of close to $2 million instead of coming back to coach the team next season.

"Mike was dealt a really bad hand in dealing with all the injuries that he had here," Bryant said. "This is a tough place, man. If you're not winning, you're not going to survive, man."

Bryant added that Magic Johnson's controversial tweet in which he celebrated D'Antoni's departure reminded him of a scene out of "The Wizard of Oz."

"The first thing I thought of was seeing the munchkins on the Yellow Brick Road dancing and singing, 'The Wicked Witch is dead,'" Bryant said. "When he tweeted that, that song just came to mind."

Bryant did not exactly keep his feelings hidden about the Lakers' 2013-2014 season, in which they finished with a 27-55 record. He joked that it was "highly enjoyable" to watch them, then said, "I'd rather stay at home and eat paint chips," via @cjzero:

And, also via @cjzero, since I'm sure you were wondering about Bryant's thoughts on Nick Young's awful first pitch, there's this:

Bryant also discussed Phil Jackson's oft-told story about him talking trash with Michael Jordan, and elaborated on the time he showed his daughter, distraught after a softball loss, footage of the Lakers getting blown out by the Boston Celtics in the finals.

 
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