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Luke Walton explains how Kobe Bryant destroyed him as a rookie

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Kobe Bryant was a warrior on and off the basketball court.

His work ethic and desire to be the best has never been matched and he goes down in the annals as one of the best to ever grace the hardwood.

Current L.A. Lakers head coach Luke Walton won two championships with the Black Mamba and is trying to instil some of that mentality into his young team.

Speaking on the Open Run podcast, Walton told a brilliant story of how Kobe destroyed him in training after he turned up to training smelling of alcohol as a rookie.

He said: "I remember one time my rookie year, I came in a little, uh, him (Kobe) and Shaq like to do this as, I think it was just rookies, but any young guy, I probably had too much to drink the night before, so I came in, I was a rookie, I felt good, and they could smell some alcohol on me.

"And Kobe informed the rest of the team that no one was allowed to help me on defence, and that I had to guard him the entire practice.

"I was laughing at first like, 'Oh, this is funny,' but in Kobe’s mind, in his eyes, it was like, 'No, I see and smell weakness, I’m going to destroy you today.'

Luke Walton (R) and Kobe Bryant of the L

"He taught me that lesson. He probably scored 70-something in practice that day, and I was begging for help, none of the teammates would help. But yeah, his killer instinct and his work ethic, they’ll stick with me forever."

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