Kobe Bryant’s time with Team USA and the NBA’s elite that Mike Krzyzewski and company assembled has obviously left a major impression on all those involved. Kevin Durant, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Kidd, Carlos Boozer and others have all seen a different side of Kobe that they didn’t know existed.
All those that have seen Kobe’s work ethic firsthand on Team USA have been blown away by it, including Deron Williams, according to a quote from the star point guard via the L.A. Times:
“I have a lot of respect for his game. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen,” Williams said. “He’s just a great competitor. . . . Just seeing how he works every day, it’s inspiring.
“Until you see it up close and personal, you never really know. Any time a guy was scoring on an opposing team, he wanted to guard him. He always wanted the toughest assignment. That’s just his nature.”
Williams is just one of many inspired by Kobe during their time overseas and may not be the last with the veteran shooting guard set to play two more seasons with the Lakers.
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