"I was working out and came back to my locker and saw my phone," said the Lakers point guard. "I had 20 voice mails and almost 30 texts waiting for me. I thought something terrible had happened."
It turns out that it was only Jason Kidd's retirement that spurred the onslaught of cell phone contact.
"You see Kidd retired?" read a text from Kobe Bryant. "He's only one year older than you, but you're more injury-prone. Has to make you think, huh?"
"Just came over the news that Jason Kidd is retiring," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a voice mail. "Rasheed Wallace is retiring, Grant Hill. Seems like a lot of the older players are hanging them up. You and Kidd are both former Mavericks point guards who played last year in big cities. Seems like a lot of parallels, huh?" Kupchak's voice mail then ended with 15 seconds of him coughing and clearing his throat.
He's "kicking ass like Jim Kelly." Congratulations?