Richard Sherman says if basketball gods were real, Kobe would be one of them
Richard Sherman, Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar have a couple things in common. They’re all from the Los Angeles area (Bryant played 20 seasons on the Lakers — he’s basically an Angeleno), and they’re all at the tops of their respective games.
Sherman talked to For The Win in a phone interview about the similarities he shares with fellow superstars Bryant and Lamar. The Seahawks cornerback has relationships with both of them. He’s part of Bryant’s BodyAmor family, and he linked up with Lamar to put on a charity event that they’re currently working on.
The interview was on behalf of a new series of Oberto Beef Jerky commercials that released on Thursday. Sherman shot them alongside Rob Gronkowski — “We had a good time. You know, me and Gronk sitting there, eating jerky.”
Here’s what Sherman had to say about his conversations with Bryant, the similarities that he had never really thought about between him and Lamar, and what he’ll miss the most about his recently retired teammate, Marshawn Lynch.
On what it was like to watch Kobe drop 60:
“I watched it from my house. I was excited. I was proud. I was proud to see him go out like that. He deserves to go out just like that. 60 and a win. I think his teammates felt the same way, and that’s why he worked so hard to get that W. It was a good moment and it was a good moment for everybody who’s a Kobe fan.”
On what he took away from watching Kobe throughout his 20-year career:
“What it takes to be a legend. There’s no gods of basketball, but if there were, he’d be one of them. If they ever did a Mount Everest of basketball, he’d have to be talked about in that discussion. He’s been so great for so long. That’s the hardest thing to do — is sustain. He’s a testament to dedication and hard work.”
On what he discusses with Kobe when they talk “from time to time”:
“We’re the same kind of animal, same kind of beast. We both have that obsessive mentality. That’s what some people have in this game. Your strength is your biggest weakness, and your downfall is that you obsess and take the game way too seriously, put everything into it and that’s why you’re so good at it. We talk about the repercussions about that — the good and bad.”
On what advice Kobe has given him:
“I will selfishly keep that with me.”
On his friendship with Kendrick:
“He’s a great dude. His morals and his values align with mine, and both of us want to be remembered in this world for more than just playing a sport or being a rapper. We want to be more impactful than that.”
On the similarities he shares with Kendrick:
“Sure, I’ve never thought about it that way, honestly. But I guess there definitely is a correlation between our stories. Coming from nowhere out of nowhere and making a huge impact, and becoming a huge superstar is kind of a mentality of, ‘You can make it from anywhere. Anything is possible through hard work and dedication.’ That’s what I’m sure he will continue to preach to anyone who will listen.”
Sherman said his favorite track by Lamar is Poetic Justice. He added that he’s a big fan and has listened to K-Dot for the past four or five years.
On what he’ll miss most about Marshawn:
“His personality. He’s a great man, and what he brings to the locker room. He’s a great, great guy. He brings a lot of fun and cool stories, and he puts a smile on your face just about every day.
“There are tons of memories. Just being out on the field with him … all attitude on the field and watching him go out there and dominate is the best part to me. He played the game different than anyone else has ever played it, I believe, and it worked out for him. It was cool to see someone do it the way he did it.”
On what he’s looking forward to this season:
“Just getting it started. Every season is a blessing. We get to play a game we love and do what we love to do. I’m just honored and humbled to be able to do that. It’s always a dream as a kid, and you appreciate every chance you get to go out there and strap it up again.”
Here’s one of the new Oberto spots that features Sherman and Gronk talking about a Chia pet.
Alysha Tsuji | ftw.usatoday.com | April 21, 2016