“Gonna Have a Rude Awakening”: NBA Fans Get Real on Potential NBA Draft 2022 1st Pick as He Talks Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady’s Influence

Published 06/07/2022, 9:30 PM EDT

The NBA Draft 2022 is approaching in the next fifteen days. The Draft lottery was last month, and the last two spots are still up for grabs. The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors are dueling it out for the NBA Finals. It is the time when prospects give out interviews and work out with teams. This draft has three sure-shot candidates, with Chet Holmgren leading the odds to be the number one overall pick. However, he gave an interview recently, which may not have gone down well with the fans.

In the interview, Chet talked about role models Kobe and Tracy, among others, and their influence on his game. He said, “I started watching basketball in 2011…You know I watched a lot of a lot of T-Mac, Olajuwon…. Guys like that they kinda use their size paired with skills to you know create advantages you know everybody is watching Kobe, I watched a lot of Kobe too till this day.” 

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But not all fans are happy with Chet Holmgren, and they let their views known. Here are some of the reactions:

Kobe Bryant- The myth, the legend

Kobe Bryant came into the league right after high school, and he dominated from his first season. The Charlotte Hornets selected Kobe as the thirteenth overall pick. They would then immediately trade him to Los Angeles Lakers in a trade for center Vlade Divac. The trade for the Lakers was green-lighted by another Laker legend, Jerry West, who was impressed with Kobe when he came for a work-out.

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The trade would pair him with, then recently signed, free-agent Shaquille O’ Neal. They would go on to form one of the best dual punches this league ever saw.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Paul Piece #34 of the Boston Celtics is guarded by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 12, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Shaq and Kobe would go to four straight NBA Finals and win three straight. They would dominate the Western Conference before Shaq left for Miami in 2004. Let us know in the comments below your favorite ever Shaq and Kobe memory.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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