Dwyane Wade Drops Crazy Story on How Kobe Bryant Schooled Him and LeBron James: “Bron’s Bad, We Got Some Bad Boys. But Kobe Was on a Different Level”

Published 12/21/2021, 1:30 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – JAN. 13, 2015. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant warms up before a game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Losing the Los Angeles Lakers legend last year to a tragic helicopter accident is a pill that everyone is still trying to swallow. Kobe Bryant is and always will be one of the greatest players to step onto the basketball court. While of course, his talent had a lot to do with helping him achieve all that he did. But it is his work ethics that played an even bigger role.

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In fact, it is the kind of attitude that gave him the famous tag of having ‘Mamba Mentality’. The hard work and dedication that he put into his game is something all players strived for and Dwyane Wade admits that it inspired them to do better.

LeBron James is one of the greatest too but Kobe Bryant is on another pedestal

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In an interview with Dwyane Wade, he opened up about the work ethic that he always heard Kobe had but never got a chance to witness it. He always thought he worked hard but when he heard stories about Bryant getting up early to work on his game. But he experienced it when they played at the Olympics together in 2008.

 “At that moment, a different respect from all of us,” he stated. He joked about how he thought he should be putting in the same amount of work. Looking back Wade explained, “In 2008, I am good too. LeBron’s bad, we had some bad boys. It was a different level, and that made us go to a different level.”

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Did this tamper with the relationships he had with teammates?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 29, 2013-Lakers Kobe Bryant bites his jersey while Pau Gasol shoots a free throw at the Staples Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Just like Michael Jordan, some teammates think he was the best player to play alongside with. However, some believe that he was difficult to please. In fact, it was his morals and ethics that drew a wedge between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe.

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Shaq had a habit of showing up unfit, and this really bothered Kobe. He believed that Shaq wasn’t taking it seriously and thus began one of the most iconic rivalries in the history of the NBA. Say what you will, but what it did do was bring him five championships and that’s eventually what matters at the end of the day.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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