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  • when we talk about the greatest guards ever in the n b A.

  • There are only a handful who even deserve to be in the conversation with Kobe Bryant.

  • One of them is fellow Laker Jerry West, and it was West as GM who brought Kobe to L.

  • A trading for him on draft night in 1996.

  • West saw the potential.

  • Others did not few in the game.

  • New Kobe.

  • Better as a player and as a person when I was an emperor on my way up here, and people come up to me and say, Hey, do you play basketball?

  • And I said, Yeah, I play basketball and I said, Well, what team do you play for?

  • I used to say a little Mary high school.

  • So I'm like, Well, I played for long.

  • Very hot.

  • No, You know what?

  • I'm in Los Angeles.

  • Lakers on Kobe.

  • Uh, for you.

  • People always ask me about him.

  • How do you know he was going to turn out like he did?

  • Anyone could have seen this if they had paid attention.

  • Anyone?

  • So you say he Anyone could have seen it, but not everyone did.

  • So what struck you about him Then when he was 17 years old.

  • Hey, was different.

  • Okay?

  • You could see it.

  • You could feel it.

  • Way honestly felt that he was the number one player taking in the draft, and it was a good players there.

  • And Allen Iverson with the first pick in the draft.

  • But I just thought he was better.

  • Now, hey, get a shot for himself.

  • Any time he wants in the MBA, even in the NBA, he'll be able to create shots, see?

  • Well, yes, he will.

  • Yes, he will.

  • How would you describe?

  • You know what you meant to him earlier on where you like the favorite uncle?

  • Were you like a second dad?

  • In some respects, I really felt like I was a baby sitter for him.

  • Honestly, you know, I wasn't gonna let him take a wrong step.

  • Um, you know, he would come over to our house and have dinner in a very much like, you know, a high school senior that he waas e really felt like that.

  • I was kind of a surrogate father to him.

  • I did.

  • We were gonna watch over him and care for him.

  • Just like a mother and father would dio knowledge of Jerry West this hobby, that knowledge, I view the knowledge is being like kind of like a golden treasure.

  • I think that only if you're lucky enough you get a chance Thio here, that knowledge and the knowledge that they can share with you.

  • So that's how I treated Kobe was such, ah, student of the game.

  • He knew so much about the history of the game that I'm curious to know how he felt about you and your place in the history of basketball.

  • Oh, really?

  • We had some unbelievable conversations.

  • I don't think you repeat the language on the air.

  • E used to tell him all the time.

  • I said, You know, you foul too much.

  • I said You'd be LV game in no time if you're guarding May I said, you know the snake, the Black Mamba Hey said Yeah, and I said So that's your the black mom.

  • But he said Yes, E said.

  • You ever hear of Mongoose?

  • E said.

  • I'm a mongoose and they kill everybody mambo, and you can look on YouTube and see these things fighting and the mongoose wins every time.

  • And he said, he said I'm not an ordinary mamba.

  • I said.

  • Well, I'm not an ordinary mongoose either.

  • On.

  • And I have a picture of that today in my house.

  • I'm in a coat and tie and he's in a Laker uniform.

  • Really?

  • Good.

  • Good luck.

  • Thank you.

  • All right.

  • But he likes done especially one.

  • If you allow me.

  • I'm gonna read a quote from Kobe.

  • And this is a quote from him on how he wanted to be remembered.

  • It's the one thing that you can control.

  • You are responsible for how people remember you or don't.

  • So don't take it lightly.

  • If you do it right, your game will live on in others.

  • So leave everything on the court, leave the game better than you found it.

  • And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.

  • Well, hey did exactly that.

  • How many people could do that?

  • There's not many legends out there there if you wanna bees.

  • But they're not really these iconic figures that stand above the rest.

  • He's going up to try to remember him properly.

  • I don't know how anyone else does.

  • I know how I did.

  • I loved him like a son.

  • I admired his talent.

  • Leaders don't come along very often.

  • And when someone of his caliber leaves far too young, it takes a toll on a lot of people and particularly people who cared about him a lot.

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Jerry West reflects on his unique relationship with Kobe Bryant | NBA on ESPN

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/26
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