The cover photograph and the editorial is lensed by sport and commercial photographer Robyn Twomey. Owner, publisher and fashion designer Marc Ecko actually does the interview and it's very smooth. The basketball phenom reflects on the ups and downs of his career after 12 years—has it been that long?—playing professional basketball. "I wouldn't have been as naive," Kobe says of his early years in the league. "I would have paid more attention to what was going on."
Unlike many celebrities, the basketball stars admits to closely following media coverage. "It does [matter] from the standpoint of making sure your image is what you are."
During the Beijing Olympics, Kobe Bryant made the cover of DT, the Spanish fashion magazine. Bryant was also the featured athlete in The New York Times multimedia interactive on fashions of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Hopefully he has changed his mind about the vintage basketball short-shorts.
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