KB: It's a mentality that starts at an early age. You have to have a certain DNA. It's almost like being a fighter pilot. Scorers are wired a little differently.
When you recall the time you scored 81 against Toronto, what stands out?
KB: The crazy part about that game is that I was able to have pepperoni pizza before it. If I had pepperoni pizza before a game now, I wouldn't be able to move in the first quarter. I'd be done.
What do you eat before a game now?
KB: Salmon, greens and potatoes.
Bulls players talked about Michael Jordan giving them the stare if they messed up. Is that something you do?
KB: I got a lot of flak for my quote-unquote death stare. I think it was blown out of proportion. You want your teammates to keep up with your level of intensity and commitment. I don't think it's proper leadership to pull yourself down so you can make yourself more relatable. I think it's the other way around. You have to push and push and push.
Can you motivate Pau Gasol with words?
KB: It worked for two championships. I know him extremely well. I know how to communicate with him either publicly or behind closed doors.
Earlier in the season you told fans not to overreact to the Lakers' slow start. Is it time to be nervous?