Originally Posted by lawdog1
Hey, Metta, who still plays for the Lakers, and Antawn Jamison, who still works for the Lakers, say they learned a lot from Kobe too. Originally Posted by JPZx "Kobe's a great mentor" is Kobe's senior project that he's been working on the past 2 years.
He played with tons of vets early, was too busy dominating in the mid 2000s/didn't care about (yea it's one of those two things no doubt, has to be) "rubbing off" on Joe Crawford, Javaris Crittenton, Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock/Mini Mamba, and Darius Morris. Great mentorship program, so many dudes he raised around him now.
It extends to the Lakers' current training camp where Bryant said he's been "working around the clock" with Ebanks on his game, ranging from working out before practice, encouraging him to create a shot for himself and pulling him aside whenever he makes mistakes. And it goes to where Bryant has publicly touted Ebanks this week for having a chance to elevate his role at both small forward and shooting guard.
Bryant's compliments toward Ebanks go beyond finding someone -- anyone -- to mitigate the losses from the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to Dallas and the Lakers losing Shannon Brown to Phoenix through free agency. Bryant has shown personal investment in Ebanks' development, and the unassuming second-year player readily admits how much it's made a difference.
To Crittenton, who called the media frenzy surrounding Bryant "a fun experience," Kobe has been "a cool teammate," willing to tutor him during practice.
"Kobe's been helpful at teaching me the different options in the offense," Crittenton said.
"I mean, I ran through the triangle in high school and it was helpful and I'm benefiting from that now, but it's different options and different sequences that you have to go through and he tries to break down the offense for me.
"He tells me, 'You call this play if the team is in a blitz defense,' and, 'If they're in this defense, then you call this play and you try to look at that option and this option.' Reading the defense is what he's really been helping."
For Bryant, working with Crittenton pays forward the good deeds Ron Harper did for him early in his Lakers career. "That was my guy," Bryant said.
"I enjoy doing it for players who I can see have a will. He's extremely talented and he has a great work ethic. . . . It's very easy to pull him aside and help him out.
"In that role, in this system you have to see all your options. Not only see all your options but when to use them, when to use them as counters against the defense. It's like a quarterback almost. He has a big challenge ahead. I'm just going to try to help him out as much as I can."
"The rules are different here, everything is so much different -- the big games are almost like a stalemate where you're beating each other up, so it comes down to who is executing down the stretch and hitting the big shots,'' Goudelock says. "That's why I went into practice this week wanting to murder everybody. They came up to me after practice and said, `You were really aggressive today, are you OK?' I said I was just trying to get ready. Because my first year, the week before the playoffs, Kobe turned it up. We had a meeting after practice and he said, `You're going to see me going hard because it's playoff time. We need to go hard, be hungry, try to kill whoever we play.' I thought about that before our practice. He's like in my head, like a little genie.''
On Sunday, Morris gave his thoughts on Lakers all-star Kobe Bryant via Instagram.
"Honestly I can say he was one of the best [teammates] I had on and off the court," Morris wrote. "He schooled me in the business and lifestyle of the NBA."
"He was never negative or talked down to anybody and I was there where when [he went through] some tough times, but he went out of his way to be helpful towards me, push me and to think big picture in life and to have the mental toughness to remain [focused] and never be satisfied."
Got nothing on joe crawford, who never played a game for the lakers so I guess you can rally behind that with your blind hate