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Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  33 responses

Kobe Bryant Appreciates the Influence He Has on Other NBA Players


Increasingly, as he travels through the twilight of his NBA career, Kobe Bryant has become quite reflective. The Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard knows that he has had an impact on other players’ training habits, and he’s proud of the fact that he has pushed others to work a little harder on their game. From ESPN: “At some point in the last couple of seasons, Kobe Bryant started saving away the fresh pair of sneakers he wears every game instead of giving them out to fans or locker room attendants because he says he’s ‘become sentimental in my old age.’ As a veteran with 17 seasons in the NBA and as 34-year-old man who has spent literally half his life in the league, Bryant has also become quite comfortable with discussing the not-too-distant end to his sterling career. [...] ‘Just by observation of some of the younger players that I face now, they wind up having a similar mentality that I had,’ Bryant said when asked how he has changed the sport during his time as a pro. ‘Because growing up, they were obviously watching me when I was 21, 22 years old and just kind of by any means necessary get things done, not afraid of the big moment and extremely competitive. They all have these work ethics now and most of them get up at five in the morning to train like I do. It’s pretty cool.’”

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  • Mike From Spain

    Mamba the template of all modern day chuckers.

  • quantumforce

    yeah right, because you were the only one training hard and being competetive. FOH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I’m sure other players get up at 5 and train too, Kobe. Yikes. But I think the younger players tell him directly that he’s had an influence on them (Affalo, Derozan, Harden, etc) so that’s what he’s talking about here.

  • shockexchange

    (Horry Jr voice) “In order to get a pass from me, you have to paint a picture of a basket on your chest. I am proud of the impact I have had on the next generation of chuckwagons.”

  • Ben Ireland

    *KOBE voice* “Follow my example, learn from what I did, you might win 5 rings.”

  • shockexchange

    (Horry Jr voice) “Align yourself with teams with ‘exceptionally more talent’ than the rest of the league and you might take credit for winning 5 rings.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Except you know, when he won back to back rings with exactly 1 other All-Star on his team.

  • RKJ92

    Prime Pau Gasol, prime Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum (the 2nd best center in the league), and a prime Ron Artest..? ya your right Gaurav P. only one all-star… Good thing you know basketball!!!

  • RKJ92

    amennnn…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Prime Gasol = all-star, like I said.
    Prime Lamar Odom = not an all-star, but an inconsistent above-average bench player.
    Andrew Bynum = barely played or made an impact in the 2008-2010 playoffs.

    And Ron Artest’s prime was in 2004 buddy.

  • Ben Ireland

    Exceptionally more talent… And who had the most on that team? That’d be… no, that can’t be right… wait, is it… it’d be Kobe, wouldn’t it?
    Also @rkj92:disqus , Bynum was by no means the second best center in the league at that time, tho he was far from scrub as well, I’ll grant you. Odom was great, but a prime Ron Artest? In 2010? C’mon… The Lakers won because they played fantastically together. Gasol is a beautiful passer, Bynum played well in stretches, and Odom was so versatile he cleaned up after everyone. And Kobe trusted those guys at that stage, deservedly. Great team at that point. But they all developed into “exceptional talent” minus Gasol coming in, Kobe didn’t “align” himself… They were there, and Gasol was brought in as a finishing touch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    And you’re acting as if other title winning teams don’t have above average talent.

  • RKJ92

    Okay first off 2004 is irrelevant, he was only 29/30 years old when he joined the lakers you do not leave your prime at that age, he was still an above average defender and made the lakers a lotttt better, secondly if you think lamar odom wasnt playing at all-star levels back then, you should actually exit this conversation right now because he was an EASY 16p-9rb-4as 1 block 1 steal a night.. you mix that with Prime Pau Gasol who was going HAM in the playoffs shooting like 56-58% on 24 points and 12-13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3-4 assists, and Andrew Bynum going for like 16-18ppg and 10-11 rb, with 2-3 blocks a game not to mention everybody I just mentioned were also solid defenders like where do you even have an arguement? there is nothing for you..

  • LakeShow

    How many times was Lamar Odom an All star? (hint* Never)

    How many times was Ron Artest an all star? (hint* once, 5 years before he came to LA.)

    Pau Gasol was the only All star ya DODO!

  • Drig’r

    How many games did Bynum play at full strength for us those 3 years???

    Pau was an all-star. NEVER a superstar.

    LO was a fringe all-star player who was very versatile. But he was inconsistent till his last season in LAL.

    We had crappy benches in ’09 and ’10 as well.

    And you forgot about Ron’s foot injuries and his shooting woes the first season he played for LAL as well.

  • RKJ92

    Jesus Ch*ist will all you laker fans sit down your opinions are so biased its like talking to a f*cking stubborn old man diagnosed with alsheimers.. no matter what I tell you Kobe has 5 rings and won everything by himself because he’s the greatest ever -.-

  • RKJ92

    man all 3 of you are Laker fans there’s no point in me even starting with you guys, If im gonna argue it cant be with someone who is blind.. and my point was not that they were LABLED all-stars but played like one’s aiight?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ron Artest’s prime was 2004 and earlier. He partied his ass off, which is why him prime ended prematurely.
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    A prime Ron Artest was a top 10 player in the league, and perennial MVP candidate.

  • LakeShow

    So then, by that notion, The Mavs had like 8 All stars on their team during their championship.

  • shockexchange

    The only “notion” is that Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, Odom, MWP, Horry Jr and whoever else the Lakers had equated to “exceptionally more talent” than the rest of the L … that is, unless you can come up with a better example.

  • RKJ92

    Sorry im not saying he’s what he WAS but you dont lose natural ability at 29/30 yrs of age he was still able to shut down just about anybody on defense, secondly all this doesn’t matter we’re bickering over nonsense FACT is Lakers were STACKED as per usual.. Lets not make this into something it isnt.

  • ashemsmashem

    The last lakers team to win was not stacked. Odom played more than bynum because gasol was the center. No one other than kobe averaged over 20 . The pieces just fit. Kobe has been at it for a loooong time, I hope people appreicate because other than kareem, we may never see a player play at this high a level after all the minutes played, damn near 20 years. He has worked hard, and 97% of the players in their prime can HOPE to have longevity like bean bryant has had.

  • LakeShow

    6 points-3.7 rebounds-.9 blocks

    Those are Bynum’s post season averages in their first ring.

    Wow, I mean wowie, talk about juggernaut. He was abusing front lines wasn’t he?

    8-7-1.6

    Wowsers! look at those digits! Is that LeBron’s statline? No that’s Bynum’s during their 2nd chip…

    Hey, good effort put forth though.

  • LakeShow

    Dude, he was the same when he came to LA.

    I mean look at these digits: 11-4-3 on 41% FG’s
    ………………………………………………………………….

    Compared to the 24-6-3 he put up in his prime…. Practically the same player… lol sorry had too. 50% shooting that year btw too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ALL TITLE TEAMS ARE STACKED

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    HAHA you used his stats from 7 games! lol

  • LakeShow

    Damn, I was surprised while I looked at it. Forgot that was that year lol.

    Okay, how bout: 20-6-3.5-2.3 on 45% haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    There’s no point in you arguing because your arguments hold zero weight. You thought Ron Artest was in his prime in 2010…that pretty much sums up how off-base you are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Did you just say that Bynum went for 16-18 ppg and 10-11 rpg when the Laker won titles?

    Bynum’s playoff numbers from 2009: 23 games played, 17 minutes, 6 ppg, 3 rpg.

    2010? 23 games played, 9 ppg, 7 rpg.

    Think you’re overestimating Bynum’s influence on the team back then a tad bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Nobody said he won it by himself. You insinuated that Kobe had exceptional talent on his team when he won titles, when in reality he had above average talent (like all title teams) and one bonafide all star.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Or, we’re bringing logical examples and factual basis into the equation, and you are going off your gut feeling that Bynum was pulling off 18 and 11 during the Laker title runs.

  • shockexchange

    Could you be sold kind as to name the teams that had more talent than L.A.?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    In 2009? The Celtics and the Nuggets (Melo, Iverson, JR Smith, Nene, Billups (17 ppg)

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