Jordan Clarkson reveals how Kobe Bryant yelled at his younger teammates criticizing their attitude and work habits, following a loss in his farewell season.
Kobe Bryant was one of the hardest workers in the whole league. His work ethic and dedication to the game was unparalleled. By preaching his “Mamba Mentality”, he managed to inspire his millions of fans around the world including the younger generation of basketball players.
Of the many NBA players Kobe has managed to touch motivate, Jordan Clarkson is one of them. The former Laker was even lucky enough to be a teammate of the Black Mamba himself.
Kobe was always known for speaking his mind out, whether it was his teammates, opponents or the media. He would often call out his teammates when they weren’t playing up to the mark.
During his farewell season, following a regular-season loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant yelled at his teammates over their attitudes and work habits. In a recent interview, Clarkson recollected:
“I remember him just really getting upset. You’ve seen him come out of his skin and grill us a little bit. But from that point on, I felt all of us had a different look at everything with what we wanted to do. That’s probably, in terms of development, a little wake-up call.”
Having worked with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson is a strong contender for Sixth Man of the Year
Jordan Clarkson has often mentioned how playing alongside Kobe Bean Bryant was a “blessing”. The current Utah swingman used to receive honest criticism and even some tips for the legend himself. Clarkson was so inspired by Kobe’s incredible work ethic, that he even worked out at Bryant’s training academy shortly before Kobe’s passing.
Today, because of all the learnings taken from one of the all-time greats, Clarkson is one of the best players coming off the bench. The 6-foot-4 combo guard is one of the major reasons why the Utah Jazz has the best record in the whole league.
While playing the best season of his career, JC has been averaging an incredible 17.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He is currently the front runner for the Sixth Man of the Year award race. With a league-best 43-15 record, Clarkson believes the Jazz has what it takes to win it all this season.