Kobe Bryant has revealed that he was surprised at the comments made by Jim Brown after the Pro Football Hall of Famer criticised Bryant's treatment of ex-teammate Shaquille O'Neal, reports ESPN

Brown also suggested that Bryant was "somewhat confused about culture" and said the NBA superstar "doesn't quite fit what's happening in America."

Those claims led Bryant to respond and the 35-year-old admitted his surprise at Brown's comments. 

Speaking on Thursday, the shooting guard said: "It surprised me in a sense that it came out of left field," Bryant said. "I mean, I've never even met him, so it came out of left field but I do think it's a great opportunity to have these conversations, to have this discussion.

"I think no matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood (Calif.), whether you come from London, it doesn't matter. Ultimately, the conversation is that it doesn't matter what color skin you are to begin with. But, I think it's a good place to start to have a good conversation and try to educate one another and try to improve as a society from it.

"If it's a major issue that involves a quality or a perception of racial quality, I feel like that's something that's a big enough message that needs to be addressed.

"Obviously it's a sensitive topic for everybody, but I think the best thing to do is not dance around it but to go at it with a full head of steam and generate conversation about it. So, that's how I try to measure it."

However, after his reaction to Brown's comments, Bryant insisted that he won't be speaking with the 77-year-old in person. 

Bryant suggested that the pair Brown, nor himself, will change their views and there's no point in discussing them further.

Bryant continued by saying: "There's nothing to talk about. We have different perceptions and different views on it, clearly. So, the thing that I'm trying to do always, what I've been trying to do, is try to educate our youth going forward, no matter what color skin you are -- be it African-American or white or whatever the case may be -- just try to talk about having a bright future and how to help kids going forward and progress as a society as a whole.

"But he and I, there's no reason for us to have a conversation. We're completely on opposite sides of the spectrum. I'm an old dog, but he's a much older dog so he's probably a lot more set in his ways than I am."

Bryant will now turn his attention to the Los Angeles Lakers next match as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tomorrow. 

The Lakers will be desperate for a victory after suffering back-to-back defeats in their last two outings. 

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