Kobe Bryant: ‘Why Didn’t the Lakers Draft’ Jayson Tatum

by July 30, 2018

Kobe Bryant, having seen footage of their similarities as offensive players, asked why the Los Angeles Lakers failed to draft Jayson Tatum last summer.

Tatum has idolized Kobe Bryant for years, and recently had the opportunity to work out with The Black Mamba.

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The Boston Celtics had the good fortune to nab the budding superstar with the third pick.


The 76ers and Lakers held the first two picks of last year’s draft and selected Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, respectively.

At present, it’s hard to argue against Tatum having the brightest future of the three. In fact, even Lakers legend Kobe Bryant appears to think this way.

“It was cool,” [trainer Drew] Hanlen told FOX Sports 1’s Evan Daniels. “We actually showed Kobe it yesterday, and he was like, ‘Why didn’t the Lakers draft him?’ Which was pretty funny after seeing that. Jayson idolized Kobe.”