Outside of Phil Jackson, few head coaches have seen eye-to-eye with Kobe Bryant. The five-time NBA champion is demanding and set in his ways. That is obviously something that can cause a problem with coaches from time to time.
One coach that was very impressed with what he saw in Kobe was Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. As a member of Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff for Team USA, Boeheim witnessed how Kobe approaches the game and was blown away by what he saw right out of the gate, according to ESPN:
“Kobe, from day one, is just the hardest-working player I’ve ever been around. He just does an unbelievable job. He came in, he worked out before practice and practiced harder than anybody and then worked out afterwards and continued the whole trip. The first trip we are qualifying and then the Olympics themselves.
“He’s just an unbelievable competitor and in practice goes 100 percent every day in practice and that brings everybody else up to that same level. He was a huge part of us being ready in the Olympics to be able to win. Of course, when we needed a big shot, he made a big shot against Spain.”
Coach K and Jackson have also had high praise for Bryant over the years. It remains to be seen if the next coach of the Lakers will share the same sentiment for the five-time NBA champion hungry for another ring before he calls it a career.
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