Kobe Bryant’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Jeremy Lin shared a hilarious story about his time on the team during the 2014-15 season. Lin shared the story on the “Inside the Green Room” podcast, with Danny Green and Harrison Sanford.
That season, the Lakers went 21-61, with Bryant out for a significant amount of time after tearing his rotator cuff in January. Right before the trade deadline in February, Kobe, who had been away from the team rehabbing unexpectedly came into practice to bid a fond farewell to teammates who’d soon get traded. Nah, I’m just kidding, come on this is Kobe we’re talking about!
Here’s what actually happened:
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“We hadn’t seen him in a few weeks,” Lin said. “All of a sudden he walks in the gym, and this is the day before the trade deadline.”
“[Bryant] was stone-faced. He was just like, ‘I just came to say goodbye to some of you bums who are going to get traded tomorrow.’ He sits down at the table where you control the scoreboard, said a couple words to the coaches, and then he left.”
“I remember one of my teammates was just like, ‘I lost all motivation to practice,’” Lin said.
Ironically, the Lakers didn’t make any trades before the deadline.