Vanessa Bryant, wife of five-time championship winning Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant, in an article in New York Magazine said, "I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships."
Good thing for Ms. Bryant— and the mister as well— her husband plays on the Lakers and are primed to make a serious run at another title with the additions of point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard.
In the article— featuring basketball wives including Knicks center Tyson Chandler's wife Kimberly— Bryant touches on everything from her ice queen image, rumors of a near fight with Khloe Kardashian and the post game kiss she gives Kobe on the way to the locker room.
"If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel," she boasts.
But it seems to be all about winning that keeps everything real in the Bryant home.
"If you're sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships," she said. "Then winning a championship should happen every single year."
The couple, who have been married 10 years, have seen their share of hard times off the court.
In 2003, three days after he was charged with sexual assault, she received an "apology gift"— a $4 million, eight-carat purple diamond ring. Last December, she filed for divorce after rumors of infidelity surfaced. They later reconciled their differences and the split is off for now.
The couple were seen out and about together in London at the Olympic Games where Kobe helped lead the U.S. basketball team to a second straight gold medal. That should keep her happy for a while.
Diamonds and gold. I'm seeing a winning pattern here.