Robert Horry on how Kobe Bryant reminded him of Michael Jordan
It’s no secret that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant modeled his game after Michael Jordan — down to every pump fake, pivot, and fade-away.
According to one former teammate of Bryant’s, the comparisons apply off the court, too.
On Wireside Chat with Houston Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman, seven-time champion Robert Horry said The Last Dance documentary reminded him how much Bryant mimicked His Airness:
“It’s so weird, getting a chance to really watch Michael Jordan in The Last Dance and hear the words that he used, it’s almost like Kobe just took everything he said and did — his mannerisms, his language, his lingo — and just copied it.
“It’s like watching a ghost now. I hate to use those terms, but to watch Michael Jordan, it’s like ‘Man, how did Kobe learn everything this dude did to a T?’ And then he made it a little better in some areas.”
Horry added that Bryant “was just a great teammate, a great player, one of the smartest players you could ever play with.” The two won three championships together with the Lakers from 2000-2002.
Bryant proudly boasted of picking Jordan’s brain. “He’s like my big brother” Bryant said in Episode 4 of the docuseries. He added,
“I truly hate having discussions about who would win one-on-one, or fans saying, ‘Hey, Kob’, you’d beat Michael one-on-one.’ I feel like, yo, what you get from me is from him. I don’t get five championships here without him because he guided me so much and gave me so much great advice.”
Jordan spoke on the bond he shared with Bryant at the memorial service for Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
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