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It is an extremely rare case that you hear something straight from Vanessa Bryant’s mouth, which is why it’s so telling that when she did opt to do press she fed right into the golddigging rumors that have followed her since she married Kobe Bryant at the age of 18.

NY Mag recently did a feature on the “The Belles of B-Ball: How NBA Players’ Wives Vie for Fashion Dominance” which included the LA Lakers basketball wife as well as Knicks player Tyson Chandler’s wife Kimberly and Amare Stoudemire’s fiancee Alexis Welch, but by far the most interesting tidbits came from Mrs. Bryant.

Here are a few highlights from her interview:

How she feels about all the attention on NBA wives

“I thought things would go away, if you don’t feed into the b.s., and no one would think about you. Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”

Whether things are on the mend with Kobe

“Um, yes. We’re working on things.”

Her take on basketball and being a basketball wife

“Oh, yes, I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I do. I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”

Drama with Khloe Kardashian

“Everything is false. Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.”

“If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel [to the Laker’s locker room]. I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”

Misconceptions about her

“I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case. I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go,” adding that she doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised.”

There’s also some talk in the interview about Vanessa’s sense of style, her 25-carat Valentines Day ring, and staying at the plaza, but anything of substance pretty much came out in the snippets above.

I get the feeling Vanessa is justifying Kobe’s infidelity under the guise of being a hardcore basketball fan who just happens to reap enormous financial benefits when her husband brings home that championship money, but maybe that’s just me.

What do you think about her interview?

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