"It was inevitable," Bryant said. "You can't expect Michael [Jordan] to play with Wilt [Chamberlain] for his entire career. That's just not going to work. I had too much talent and too much to showcase
. And then there was a challenge issued by him about me not being able to win without him. That's a challenge I couldn't pass.
"But ultimately during those years I sacrificed a lot, numbers-wise, to play with him
. The thing that always bothered me was people said, 'Well, Kobe's selfish.' I'm not selfish. If I was selfish, I would have left. I gave up a lot to play with him
"I would have went some place else and won more championships
," Bryant said. "That's how driven I was. I was just that obsessed about winning without him. Everything was about that. I was obsessive about it and there was nothing that was going to get in my way."