Kobe Bryant is probably the most competitive player in the NBA even now. Just because the Black Mamba has struggled with injuries in recent times does not mean he is about to give up on his stern approach.
It is this incredibly competitive approach that has drawn Bryant criticism from some quarters of the NBA during his career. Kobe once infamously fell out with former Lakers star and fellow teammate Shaquille O'Neal, and he won't be the last.
No point in getting along
But this week Kobe Bryant revealed all in a frank interview that sheds some light on his approach to basketball, and maybe highlights one of the reasons why he has been so successful.
"No its not like that. You talk to Lamar [Odom], Adam Morrison. We were at each other’s throats every day. Challenging each other, confronting each other. That’s how it gets done. But that’s hard because it’s uncomfortable right? It’s uncomfortable," Kobe told Lakers Nation this week.
Aggressive to his teammates
Bryant is known as quite the exhibitionist on the court. You wouldn't realise from Kobe's demeanour on court that he was such an intense player off it, but that's the case, as we've heard time and time again from his fellow Lakers teammates over the course of his career.
But earlier this year we were treated to an even more insane example of Kobe's aggression towards his own teammates during his time away from the court. We must add that at the time Kobe was under undue distress due to injury complications, but the remarks he said to Lakers' Nick Young were still pretty incredible.
"Nick Young shares Kobe Bryant's recent trash talk: 'I don’t talk to players on teams that are 20 games under .500." Mark Medina of the LA Daily News revealed earlier this year.
So what do you think of all this NBA fans? Did Kobe Bryant really need to be that aggressive to become the player he was and still maybe in the future? Leave your thoughts in the box below.