Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was a bad, bad man. And even though the man known as The Black Mamba is no longer punkin' people on the hardwood, the legendary stories of the future Hall of Famer continue to be told—because that's what happens when you're a badass like Kobe.
The most recent one comes from his former Lakers teammate and current head coach of the team, Luke Walton, who talked to Uninterrupted’s "Open Run" podcast about how Bryant squashed him in practice because Walton once showed up smelling like booze from the night prior.
Here's how Walton remembers it, per Complex:
I remember one time my rookie year, I came in a little, uh, him [Kobe] and Shaq like to do this as, I think it was just rookies, but any young guy, I probably had too much to drink the night before, so I came in, I was a rookie, I felt good, and they could smell some alcohol on me. And Kobe informed the rest of the team that no one was allowed to help me on defense, and that I had to guard him the entire practice.
I was laughing at first like, 'Oh, this is funny,' but in Kobe’s mind, in his eyes, it was like, 'No, I see and smell weakness, I’m going to destroy you today.' He taught me that lesson. He probably scored 70-something in practice that day, and I was begging for help, none of the teammates would help. But yeah, his killer instinct and his work ethic, they’ll stick with me forever.
Now, I'm sure Luke Walton isn't the first pro athlete to show up to work a little hungover from a long night before, but when you play with a competitive freak of nature like Kobe Bryant—who was known for ripping teammates in practice all the time—well, yeah, he's going to expose that weakness and make you regret the decision.
You can listen here for the full interview of Walton on Uninterrupted’s "Open Run."