Many young players have benefited from Kobe Bryant’s tutelage over the years. From Trevor Ariza to Andrew Bynum, young guys have come to the Lakers over past decade and left as better players, and a lot of the time, Bryant has had at least a little something to do with that.
So, it’s not surprising to hear that Bryant is already advising the Lakers’ latest crop of young players.
According to new Lakers head coach Byron Scott, Bryant is already putting in work with the younger guys in order to get them ready for training camp, which begins at the end of the month.
“I’m anxious. I’m excited. I’m jumping up and down and waiting for this thing to get going,” Scott said, according to Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News. “I’m talking to Kobe every few days, how he’s working out and how the guys he’s been working out with are doing. That, to me, is exciting. He’s showing the leadership and mentorship himself in getting all the young ones with him and getting together for training camp.”
Gone are the days where Bryant was seen as a bad teammate (well, some out there will still argue that he is – such as the Smush Parkers of this world – but the general consensus is that the Black Mamba now relishes the opportunity to mentor the younger generation) and new additions such as Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Ed Davis should be excited to spend at least seven months alongside Bryant every day.
After eighteen years in the league and five NBA championships, Kobe Bryant has truly seen it all and has much to teach these young guys.
Hopefully, they’ll make the most of this opportunity and listen to everything this living legend has to say.