All first year players in the NBA go through some sort of rookie hazing, it's a fact of life and a burden the newbies have to face.
It's not on the same level as the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin saga however, basketball players don't go that far as shown by Ben McLemore having to wear a bright pink 'Hello Kitty' satchel intended for young girls.
But when your a sure fire hit like Kobe Bryant, everyone wants to get in on the fun while they can.
According to former Laker and All-Star Cedric Ceballos, some of the retired greats of Laker past came out to initiate the then 18-year old.
"We'd make him chase balls into the stands of the huge arenas, or take bags off the plane in the freezing cold. Or we'd say, 'I need coffee from Starbucks and donuts from Krispy Kreme' -- and it'd be 2am in a town we just arrived in," Ceballos said in an interview with TMZ sports.
This is all fairly simple stuff and nothing out of the ordinary. But it's what the small forward said next that was more of a surprise...
"Even the veterans who are retired ... James Worthy, Kareem, Wilt Chamberlain ... all those guys came down to give him a little bit of rookie hazing, knowing that he was going to be the great player he is."
Now that is something. Imagine being a teenager and meeting legends like Kareem and Wilt, only for them to have fun at your expense.
Fortunately, according to Ceballos, Bryant "understood what it was all about" and knew it was all only a bit of fun that never was all above board.
I wonder what Kobe puts the new guys at the Lakers through now he's a senior player.
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