Former Blazers Star Brandon Roy Shares His Favorite Memory of ‘Idol’ Kobe Bryant

Published 09/29/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA. JAN. 04, 2015. Lakers’ #24 Kobe Bryant all smiles after an assist from teammate Carlos Boozer in a game vs the Pacers’ in the 1st half of the game at Staple Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 04, 2015. LA Lakers play the Indiana Pacers in a regular NBA season game. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Brandon Roy had to struggle a lot just to meet the NCAA requirements because of his learning disabilities. He had to give his SATs four times to land at Washington University, and then he could finally work towards his journey into the NBA. Like most spring athletes, he also had a role model, and it was none other than Kobe Bryant. So, when Brandon finally got to sit down with the Lakers legend and hang out, it became his all-time favorite memory of Kobe Bryant.

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How Kobe Bryant and Brandon Roy bonded

It was just his third year in the league and Brandon Roy was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. At the time, the Blazers had a winning streak against the Los Angeles Lakers but both Kobe and Brandon ended up injured.

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So, since both of them weren’t playing, it meant Brandon had an opportunity to meet Kobe and he asked his friend Chuck, who worked with Nike and Kobe to ask the Lakers superstar if he could come and say hi. Roy waited, and Chuck eventually came during the second quarter to tell him that Kobe asked him to come after halftime.

Brandon was very nervous because he hadn’t had a one on one with Kobe. He narrated, “I get to the door, I am listening in. I tap on the locker room door and the trainer was like ‘Who is it’? And I was like it’s B. Roy. Kobe was laying on the table, he was fully dressed and had his whole warm-ups on…”

“So, I was like Oh man, is that Kobe? So, he hops off the table and he’s like, ‘B. Roy! Come here! And I went to dap him and he gave me like this bear hug and I was just like Damn.. this is Kobe! We ended up sitting there talking and joking the whole second half of the game. That for me was like Damn, I am meeting my idol and I get to hang out with him.”

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Roy and Kobe even talked about Michael Jordan

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Brandon couldn’t help but ask Kobe about his relationship with Michael Jordan as well. To which Kobe said, “We’re cool”. This definitely had to be a huge fan moment for Brandon. If it wasn’t for his injury troubles, Brandon could himself have become a very big name in the league. In fact, even Kobe spoke very highly of the star.

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Even the toughest of defenders had a tough time guarding him. It seemed like nothing could hold him back, but his injuries got the better of him. He eventually had to bid goodbye to the NBA after playing just 5 seasons at the age of 28. He did return for a brief stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but his prime was long gone.

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Unfortunately, Roy just never got the NBA career he thought he would. But what he did get was to meet and chill with his idol, and one of the greatest players to ever step on the court.

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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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