As Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has announced his retirement at the end of this season, his NBA peers started to bestow upon his talents in soulful ways. After 20 seasons in the NBA, Bryant will officially retire once the 2015-16 NBA season comes to an end next year.
But before Bryant’s basketball legacy is complete Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who grew up idolizing Bryant talked about his profound impacts that touched them.
Durant clearly stated that he idolized and studied Kobe Bryant him as he wanted to be like him. “He was our Michael Jordan. I watched Michael toward the end of his career with the Wizards and I seen that’s what Kobe emerged as the guy for us.” Durant explained via Newsok.
While discussing the memorable account of playing with him in the Olympics, Durant continues by saying that Bryant’s approach was marvelous. According to him, Bryant “wants respect from his peers and his teammates and he could care less about everything else.”
On the other hand, Russell Westbrook mainly recalled the demeanor, attitude and the competitive nature of Bryant.
“It’s gonna be crazy to not see him on the floor. Throughout this season, I want to get an opportunity to thank him for what he did for the game of basketball,” Westbrook said.
After so many years as the most dominant force in the NBA and a player that mirrored arguably the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant seems to be accepting his role as a mentor. Not only is Bryant a mentor for the young players currently on the Lakers roster, but also around the league with everyone trying to soak up the knowledge from the basketball icon.
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