Dear Derrick Rose,
When the Lakers beat the Bulls in Los Angeles last month, Kobe Bryant had a private conversation with Derrick Rose afterward.
Asked if that conversation might have any symbolic passing of the torch undertones to it, Bryant flashed his legendary competitiveness.
“Oh, sure, but I ain’t passing (expletive),” Bryant said.
Asked if Rose has to come take the torch from Bryant, the Lakers’ superstar smiled.
“He can certainly try,” Bryant said.
But I doubt he can take the champ’s torch.
The Champ who never lost his torch. (Image: Chris Stanford/pool/ALLSPORT)