DeMar DeRozan Embodies Kobe Bryant and His Mamba Mentality After Marking His Return vs Lakers

Published 12/20/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif.. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)


Chicago Bulls registered their 18th win of the season after beating the Lakers 115-110 at home. DeMar DeRozan recently came back from NBA’s health and safety protocols and delivered a masterclass with 38 points against the Lakers. While Kobe Bryant may not have been proud of the result, he certainly would have loved DeRozan’s comeback performance.

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Kobe Bryant is among the greatest names in the game and it was his ‘Mamba Mentality’ that motivated him to perform. Bryant was never content with his performances and results. He had this attitude of working hard despite the results. DeMar DeRozan’s performance against the Lakers reflected his attitude of coming back stronger.

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DeRozan was in the health and safety protocols for around two weeks. However, that barely had any effect on him as he downed the Lakers to their 15th loss of the season. He later revealed that he felt free after being released from NBA’s health and safety protocols.

DeMar DeRozan’s performance reflects Kobe Bryant and his ‘Mamba Mentality’

According to Kobe Bryant, “Mamba mentality is all about focusing on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most”. After an eventful game, DeRozan revealed he went back to the gym at 1 AM as soon as the NBA cleared him.

“I felt free as a bird,” DeRozan said on being back on the court against the Lakers.

As soon as he received that green signal, he left for the gym to prepare for the next game. This is something Kobe Bryant would have surely been proud of. Despite missing three straight games for the Bulls and not being able to train properly, DeRozan made an insane comeback against a tough opponent.

Nov 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) celebrates with guard Lonzo Ball (2) after scoring against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

DeRozan recorded four assists and six rebounds as well. Chicago Bulls had lost their previous two games in the absence of DeRozan. However, they can initiate a winning run from here and close the gap from conference table leaders, Brooklyn Nets.

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The Nets are on top of the Eastern Conference table with 21 wins, followed by the Bulls.

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The Bulls face the Rockets next at the United Center. Can they make it two-in-two with DeRozan? Lets us know in the comments below.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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