Instant Replay: Tony Finau Honors Famous Kobe Bryant Quote Ahead Of US Open

Jun 14, 2022, 1:41 PM

Tony Finau - Los Angeles Lakers...

Tony Finau lines up a putt on the 16th green while wearing a jersey of former NBA player Kobe Bryant during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 30, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bryant and his 13-year old daughter were among nine passengers killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – As Utah native Tony Finau is preparing for the US Open this week, he paid tribute to a famous quote by one of his idols, Kobe Bryant.

The PGA Tour posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon of Finau staring at the camera with a famous Kobe Bryant press conference during the NBA Finals playing in the background.

The press conference was after Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic. Bryant and the Lakers took the first two games of the series before shifting to Orlando for two games.

A reporter at the press conference asked Bryant:

“Still waiting for a big smile out of you, you’re up 2-0,” the reporter said. “What’s the story? Are you not happy? You’re only half happy or…”

Bryant responded with a famous quote that many use in their own competitions and is considered a “Mamba Mentality phrase.”

“What’s there to be happy about?” Bryant responded. “Job’s not finished. Job finished? I don’t think so.”

The Lakers went on to win the series 4-1 and it was the first NBA title for Bryant without Shaquille O’Neal on the Lakers roster. Los Angeles started that championship run against the Utah Jazz in the first round, knocking out Deron Williams and company 4-1. Then they defeated the Houston Rockets in seven games to advance to the Western Conference Finals where they beat the Denver Nuggets in six games.

Finau has been a big fan of Kobe Bryant for years. After Bryant tragically passed away in 2020, Finau wore a No. 8 Lakers jersey during the Waste Management Phoenix Open and nailed a long putt on the 16th hole.


Local Athletes

spring training sloan park...

Brian Preece

Locals In MLB: Following Nine Former Beehive State Stars In Big League Camps

Spring Training is a chance for young players to catch the eye of a coach or scout in hopes of finding their name on the Opening Day roster.

1 day ago

andre jackson...

Brian Preece

Locals in MLB: Former Ute Continuing Baseball Dream In Japan

For Andre Jackson, the scenery can't get much different after trading MLB glory for a chance to kickstart his career in Japan.

7 days ago

Skyline HS Utah Swimmer Rori Sorenson Hearing Loss...

Chandler Holt

Utah Swimmer Doesn’t Let Hearing Loss Slow Her Down

A local Utah swimmer with severe hearing loss has pushed through challenges to find success in the classroom and in the pool.

7 days ago

tanner banks white sox...

Brian Preece

Locals In MLB: Former Utah High Schoolers Show Personality In Chicago White Sox Video

At the Chicago White Sox camp in Glendale, Arizona, three former Beehive prep stars are trying to earn an Opening Day roster spot.

7 days ago

Jimmer Fredette - Shanghai Sharks...

Brian Preece

Olympics Represent ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Opportunity For Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette will always carry sway around Utah, but the former BYU sniper hopes to strike gold playing for Team USU in the 2024 Olympics.

24 days ago

sam merrill cleveland cavs...

Brian Preece

Former Bountiful, Utah State Sharpshooter Turning Heads In NBA

Nearly three years ago, USU senior guard Sam Merrill pulled up from and buried a three that ticketed his Aggies for the NCAA Tournament.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Instant Replay: Tony Finau Honors Famous Kobe Bryant Quote Ahead Of US Open