“Jodie Meeks, I was watching you all the time!” : When Kobe Bryant paid tribute to one of his teammates by scaring him in broad daylight
Kobe Bryant was well known for being extremely tough on his teammates. However, this “frightening” intensity was sometimes perceived as a sign of respect!
The Black Mamba is one of the most memorable athletes in sports history. This is mainly down to his legendary basketball status, but also due to his amazing mentality.
Kobe enjoyed hard work and some would say he was the living embodiment of it. It was this job that propelled him to become a five-time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer.
Anyone can tell you how determined he was to succeed in the game and it was this mentality that inspired a whole generation of young ballers!
A minute of Kobe Bryant with the footwork and the shot 👀
The 10th best NBA player of all time according to ESPN…
— Kobe Highlights and Motivation (@kobehighlight) February 22, 2022
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However, the “Mamba Mentality” did not belong only to Kobe. This sometimes extended to his teammates, shocking and sometimes even inspiring them.
Kobe Bryant paid tribute to Jodie Meeks by indirectly scaring the hell out of him
In the early 2000s, the LA Lakers were one of the toughest teams to play against. Mainly because players should be around Kobe Bryant. The first person to enter the gym and the last to leave.
Sometimes there were players who rose to the challenge, and one night late in the offseason, that player was Jodie Meeks.
The former NBA guard came to practice late at night and checked to see if anyone was there. When he was done two hours later, he was surprised to see Kobe stepping on him, scaring him!
It turns out that the Laker legend was there the whole time. He would go on to praise Meeks, telling him how much he respected him and his dedication to the craft.
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It just goes to show that if you wanted to impress Kobe, all you had to do was show your dedication to the sport through hard work, both on and off the pitch.