« I shit myself in front of Kobe, he called me all the time calling me a motherfucker »


Always so regretted throughout the league, Kobe Bryant left behind him a legendary image, but also terrifying in the minds of some. A figure in the NBA landscape thus admits to having been traumatized for a long time by his virulent relationship with him!

For the current stars having been rocked by his exploits on the parquet floors, he had an aura of a hero, even of a mentor with the luckiest of them. Kobe Bryant enjoyed taking under his wing the great talents of the league before tragically disappearing. On the other hand, he could be much less tender towards those who rubbed shoulders with him… and attacked him during his illustrious career.

Smith’s awesome, NSFW anecdote about Kobe Bryant

Very attentive to what could be said about him in the media and on TV sets, Kobe did not hesitate to enter into heated debates with those who dared to criticize his performance. This is for example what he did epically with Charles Barkley, but also with Stephen A. Smith. Already holder of a very buoyant voice at the time, the latter tells the microphone of Howard Stern and SiriusXM :

Kobe freaked me out! I shit myself in front of Kobe, and I’ll tell you why: Kobe was a scientist. You didn’t know basketball better than Kobe Bryant. So when he called you to complain… I can still hear him calling me a motherfucker. He was like, « You know who that motherfucker is. » Move your ass, pick up your fuckin’ phone and call me back. And you better not make me wait or say other things before talking to me! »

Sometimes slanderous about the Mamba, and rightly according to him, the famous journalist fromESPN was immediately entitled to a basketball lesson from him:

Me, I happened to throw things like, “I don’t like the way he plays, he’s selfish. Look at this shot, this selection of shots, this decision, what the hell is he doing, blah blah blah. He would call me straight up and say, « Look, you say you watch basketball. So watch the game, motherfucker! »

« You haven’t seen this guy do this, you haven’t seen this guy do that, you haven’t seen this guy miss his cut behind the defense, you haven’t seen him miss his dunk, you didn’t see him badly receiving the 3 goddamn passes that I made to him over the first 20 f*cking minutes! Where do you come from pissing me off?! » (…) And in the end, he said to me, « I have no idea why I like you. But if you say something like that again, I’ll call you back to set you on fire! »

It was better not to blame Kobe Bryant for one of his performances, without having observed it carefully and as a whole. Stephen A. Smith experienced it violently, and obviously received more than one volcanic phone call from Bean!



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