Lamar Odom reveals his former teammate Kobe Bryant’s desire to be the best and to be mentioned with Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
Kobe Bryant has been one of the best players in modern basketball. The way Kobe has influenced his entire massive fan following by instilling the “Mamba Mentality” in them, is truly commendable. His dedication, love for the game and work ethic is what set him apart from the other all-time greats.
Kobe often mentioned how he wanted to leave a mark on the game. There have been many anecdotes of Kobe picking the brains of many fellow legends to learn a particular aspect of the game. This is why the 18-time All-Star is considered to give Michael Jordan and LeBron James tough competition for the GOAT debate.
Lamar Odom, a former teammate of the Black Mamba revealed yet another anecdote of Kobe displaying his urge to be the best basketball player of all time. In a recent appearance on Showtime’s “All The Smoke” podcast, Odom recollected:
“He said he was better than Mike… You gotta understand his drive. There ain’t too many dudes that played in the NBA and that really mean it in their heart, like… ‘I’m gonna be better than LeBron James.’ And that’s where he chased his whole life. To be just as good or mentioned with Michael Jordan.”
Kobe Bryant retired from the game as a legend and one of the most impactful players ever
Kobe Bean Bryant is easily the most impactful and influential players of all time. It is because of his incredible legacy that Kobe Bryant has an entire generation yelling out “Kobe” when they shoot a ball.
The Hall-Of-Famer’s incredible competitive personality went way beyond the basketball court. Throughout the course of his career, he definitely proved to be an elite player, but he also was a great businessman.
After his career, Bryant even wrote and narrated an animated basketball film- “Dear Basketball” for which he even won an Oscar award.
There is virtually nothing that Kobe had left to prove to his haters. Very few players have achieved what the 5-time champ achieved on as well as off the court. Even today, years after his retirement and tragic death, the Black Mamba’s legacy will continue to live on.