Kobe Bryant will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the best players the NBA has ever seen. He’s also a future Hall of Famer.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of memories from those,who played with or against Kobe through the years.
Kobe Bryant, who is currently playing his 20th NBA season, has made an announcement that he will hang up his sneakers after the 2015-2016 season is over.
Retired NBA player Ruben Patterson, who has recently joined the NBRPA, spoke with Legends of Basketball, and recalled his memories of Kobe Bryant. In particular, he revealed how the “Kobe Stopper” name was created and how it stick to him.
“Shawn Kemp started that nickname when we played the Lakers,” Patterson said, who played with Kemp on the Portland TrailBlazers team. “I was soaking my Achilles in some ice as a cameraman was filming me and Shawn just made it up on the spot.”
“Kobe was unbelievable: even way back as a rookie with the Lakers I witnessed his passion for the game: he would come into the gym at 3AM or 4AM to shoot around,” recalled Patterson, who played his rookie season with Bryant and the Lakers in 1998-99.
Patterson noted that the game will miss Kobe.
“He was so hungry and dedicated and I am glad that I got to compete against 1 of the top-5 players to ever be in the league. He has nothing left to prove and he has done so much for the league,” he said.
“Father Time is real so Kobe’s body is just saying that he cannot do it anymore. I am 40 years old and sometimes when I try to play against high school kids my body just cannot do it,” Patterson said.
There will never be another Kobe Bryant: he was the next star after Michael Jordan and the 1 who came the closest to being like Jordan, Patterson said.
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