Kobe Bryant Scored ’70-Something’ on a Hungover Luke Walton at Practice

by October 13, 2016
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A rookie Luke Walton made the mistake of enjoying himself a little too much the night prior to a practice, and teammate Kobe Bryant made him pay dearly.

Walton, the current Los Angeles Lakers head coach, shared a great story of how The Black Mamba mercilessly lit him up as he struggled with a hangover.

Bryant made Walton check him one-on-one the entire practice, which is of course a nightmare scenario even if he had been sober.

Per Silver Screen and Roll (via Open Run):

โ€œI probably had too much to drink the night before,โ€ Walton recalled. โ€œSo I came in, I was a rookie, I felt good, and they could smell some alcohol on me, and Kobe informed the rest of the team that nobody was allowed to help me on defense, and that I had to guard him the entire practice.

 

โ€œAnd I was laughing at first, like โ€˜oh, this is funny,โ€™ Walton continued. โ€œBut in Kobeโ€™s mind, in his eyes, he was like โ€˜no, i see and smell weakness, Iโ€™m going to destroy you today.โ€™ He taught me a lesson (laughing), he taught me a lesson. He probably scored 70-something in practice that day, and Iโ€™m begging for help, but none of my teammates would help. His killer instinct, and his work ethic will stick with me forever.โ€