Elite Womens Mike Schmidt Jersey Kobe would get off on beating Chopra to the office in the mornings. He was touched when one of the young editors on the crew volunteered to work through Thanksgiving rather than go home to see his family. Kobe admired the commitment and saluted it with a plate of food from his own table.
“It’s hard to even describe what it was like,” Chopra said. “He just has this relentlessness that is both exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. But now I look back and … I miss that to some extent.”
It’s not hard to see what was happening. The crew became his new team. The movie became his new life. If he couldn’t live like a legend anymore, if his body wouldn’t allow it, at least he could start memorializing the life he led.
“I was like, ‘How about we just try it a different way? Just try.'” Fox said. Kobe looked at him and asked why he should do anything differently when his way had gotten him to where he was.
“Then I started running his rÃ©sumÃ© through my head,” Fox said. “This was after we’d won a few championships and he’d elevated himself to the top player in the league. And I’m like, ‘Who am I to say your way isn’t the better way?’
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“At a certain point, we just needed to get out of the way.”
Fox eventually did. After O’Neal was traded to Miami and Jackson’s contract wasn’t extended, Fox wasn’t sure he could deal with the Black Mamba unchained. He already had a bad foot injury and a neck problem. So he told the Lakers he was going to retire with one year left on his contract. The team tried to change his mind. He wouldn’t, and so they traded him to Boston. He never played another game.
“I knew [he] was going to be hard-core all the time,” Fox said. “I thought I would reinjure myself and be walking with a cane the rest of my life. … I just couldn’t do it.”