The Kobe Bryant That Ignored A Female Fan That Was Looking For A Hug Is The Kobe Bryant I'll Forever Miss
Awwwkward. As painstaking and cringeworthy as this scene was I don't blame Kobe Bryant for it ending that way. You know the fans that deserve hugs from Kobe? The fans that know Kobe well enough to know that they will never get a hug from Kobe. Especially as he leaves the court in the midst of his seventh loss in a row. Don't let that forced grin fool you my dear. Just because he is waving to the masses and high-fiving teammates as he walks off the court doesn't mean he's giving out displays of affection to everyone in attendance like he's Oprah. Yeah, he's been more mild mannered and happy-go-lucky during his retirement tour, but deep down he's still the same selfish unlikable asshole we all either loved to hate or hated to love. Even when he's playing nice-nice he still has a kindness threshold, and if you cross that line he's going to make you look like a damn fool by leaving you hanging in front of the entire viewing audience. It's definitely been weird to see cordial Kobe this season, but it's beautiful moments like this that show that the feelings of others still can't affect his behavior, and that's how I really want to remember Kobe Bryant.
P.S. Cockiest move ever for this women to assume that Kobe was coming in for the hug while she was still sitting down. Almost deserves the public embarrassment for being that narcissistic.