Vanessa has been married to Kobe Bryant for 11 years, despite recently filing for divorce and citing irreconcilable differences

It's a good thing that NBA Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant 33, is good at winning championships and recently secured the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics for the USA in men's basketball — it could be that his tenuous marriage with Vanessa Bryant, 30, who is back with Kobe after their brief split before Christmas, when Vanessa filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, depended on it.

""I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships," Vanessa told New York magazine. "If you're sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year."

In spite of numerous alleged indiscretions and even sexual assault accusations in 2003 against Kobe, the Bryants have been together for 11 years and have two children, Natalia, 9, and Gianna, 6. They reunited around Valentine's Day after going so far as to work out the details of their divorce, including how much Vanessa could walk away with from the marriage — a figure that approached the $150 million mark.

Vanessa now suggests that her comments to New York magazine were taken out of context. "I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal prior to him winning any of his five championships with his teammates," she said, reports People.

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