Kobe Bryant brought the best out of those around him. Whether it be teammates or other stars, his fierce competitiveness brushed off.
However, it once backfired on his former L.A. Lakers teammate Larry Nance Jr. The power forward is part of a promising young core for the Purple and Gold and is battling with Julius Randle for supremacy at the four spot.
During his rookie campaign - Kobe's retirement year - Nance Jr. was doing exceptionally well to limit the scoring of Carmelo Anthony during a game against the New York Knicks in March.
During Bryant's last game against Anthony, the rookie forward had held the Knicks superstar to a relatively low-scoring performance through three quarters, however, the Black Mamba piped up and completely ruined the evening for Nance Jr.
The former MVP said something along the lines of 'are you really going to let the rook shut you down like that?'
Melo went on to have a monster final quarter and win the game single-handedly for New York. The below tweet by Alex Kennedy shows the former Wyoming Cowboys man telling the story in his own words.
Kobe will never change, even it did scupper his team's chances of victory.