Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is a true inspiration for many people out there. Young basketball players looked up to him. Everyone wanted to be as successful as the Black Mamba. Kobe was all-in when it comes to winning a game. The Lakers legend will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 29. His election triggered a wave of reactions, and a great number of people shared their very own Kobe Bryant stories. Kevin Hart had an eye-opening experience with the Lakers legend, and he shared his story.
The comedian shared a secret that captures Kobe’s competitiveness. Kobe and Hart are Philadelphia natives, and they both went to a La Salle basketball camp.
On day three of the camp, head coach Speedy Morris called out everyone except Kobe.
“‘You need to show up here and want to become better … Look at Kobe Bryant — he shows up here every day and he works. Kobe Bryant hasn’t put the basketball in his right hand since he’s been in camp!’”
Kevin Hart knew that Kobe would be a star
That’s when the comedian realized that Kobe would develop into a superstar.
“Kobe Bryant approached the camp to only work on his left hand. He never shot the ball with his right hand. He never dribbled the ball with his right hand. Kobe Bryant played us left-handed. The opportunity that I thought was gonna be the biggest of my life turned out to be a goddamn practice pad for Kobe Bryant! The moments where I thought I was playing some of the hardest defense ever were moments where Kobe Bryant was just counting in his head, ‘one dribble, two dribble, three dribble, four …’
“The man was above and beyond the word ‘good.’ … Needless to say, that’s when my NBA dreams were shattered.”
Kobe won a lot of games and set up an example for every basketball player. NBA fans can’t believe that he’s gone now. Kobe died in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26 and the basketball world can’t get over the loss. There’s an ongoing investigation into his death, and his wife, Vanessa, filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company.