via press release:
BACK-TO-BACK NBA FINALS MVP KOBE BRYANT CELEBRATES THE LAKERS’ 2010 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT ON ABC’s “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!” AT 12:05 AM ET/PT
Kimmel with Bryant and fellow Lakers during their appearance last year on JKL
JKL welcomes Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant in his first talk show appearance following the Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Championship win
Tune-in to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tonight, Friday June 18 at 12:05am ET/PT to catch the newly crowned 2010 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kobe Bryant celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Boston Celtics in last night’s game seven of the NBA Finals to win back-to-back NBA Championships with Kimmel.
Lakers team captain Bryant will discuss how the team pulled off a 4-3 series victory over the Boston Celtics to earn the 16th NBA Championship for the Lakers franchise and his second NBA Finals MVP title during a nail-biting series against the team’s long-standing rival. Last year the championship team followed their captain's lead and joined him for his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" appearance. Make sure to tune in tonight to find out if they make a repeat visit as well.
The Lakers’ championship season concluded last night in Los Angeles with a 83 – 79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Kobe and Kimmel will reflect on the road that earned the team the coveted title for the second year in a row, including the playoff rounds where they conquered Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns.
Packed with hilarious comedy bits and a house band led by Jimmy’s childhood best friend, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. Each night, Jimmy delivers up-to-the minute news addressing the hottest topics of the day in his monologue and recently has welcomed such notables as Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Mel Gibson, Queen Latifah, Harrison Ford, Anne Hathaway, Robin Williams, Heidi Klum and Janet Jackson as well as performances by Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Weezer, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Maxwell, The Killers, 50 Cent, Shakira, Pink, Depeche Mode, Mariah Carey and many more including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.
Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.