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In a recent interview with GQ, reigning NBA MVP recalls receiving a deadly death stare from Kobe Bryant during his rookie year.
This was back in the 2009-10 season when Bryant was at the peak of his career and the Lakers were NBA Champions. Check out Steph explaining the interaction below via GQ:
This being Kobe’s last All-Star game, do you have a favorite Kobe memory?
Our rookie year we were playing at Oracle and they had a 3-point lead down the stretch. He got fouled, going to the free throw line to ice the game with two free throws. As he’s walking from one end of the court to the other, I’m this rookie that’s just kind of living in the moment and I walk up to him as he’s walking to the free throw line: “Hey, man, you nervous about these free throws?” The look he gave me was so just mean and cold. Just like, “What are you talking about? Get out of my face, you dumb rookie.” He obviously made the two free throws and they won. I’ll remember that look he gave me forever.