Nobody took his job as an NBA player more seriously than Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Because of that, a recent story from one of his former teammates, Luke Walton, doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Apparently early in his career, Walton liked to have a drink or two the night before games.
Bryant didn’t love that.
One time, he decided to teach Walton a valuable lesson.
“I remember one time my rookie year, I came in a little, uh, him [Kobe] and Shaq like to do this as, I think it was just rookies, but any young guy, I probably had too much to drink the night before, so I came in, I was a rookie, I felt good, and they could smell some alcohol on me,” Walton said on the Open Run podcast.
— Open Run (@OpenRun) October 12, 2016
“And Kobe informed the rest of the team that no one was allowed to help me on defense, and that I had to guard him the entire practice.”
Needless to say, Walton got a good tutorial in NBA player etiquette that day.
Bryant was always a fascinating personality. And in recent years, after his unfortunate premature passing, a lot of fun anecdotes about him have emerged.
All of it has been extremely interesting to learn.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/uoPebEHgYH
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 30, 2022
Walton’s latest story is just the latest thing.
What new tidbits about Bryant will come out next?
Time will tell.