‘Haven’t Seen This Clip Since 03’: Jamal Crawford Reminisces His Favorite Kobe Bryant Moment

Published 04/05/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Lakers Kobe Bryant comes in for a landing as he celebrates his basket late in the 4th qaurter against the Nuggets in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center in Denver Monday April 28, 2008. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Jamal Crawford can recognize talent when he sees it. The NBA bench specialist came up in the league alongside Kobe Bryant and witnessed his generational talent. So it is normal for any of Kobe’s Mamba moves from the past to bring back memories to Crawford.

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Crawford has previously called Kobe the Michael Jordan of his era since he was someone with an absolute killer mentality. On social media, Crawford shared a clip of Kobe exercising his typical fadeaway move late in the game against the ’03 Chicago Bulls lineup, which Crawford was himself a part of.

LA Laker Kobe Bryant takes control of the ball during a practice scrimmage in at the University of Hawaii- Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, Friday, Oct. 7, 2005. (Photo by Robert Kratzke/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Jamal wrote, “This is it!! This is the play I was talking about when I wrote this article 5 years ago. Wow. Haven’t seen this clip since 03!!”

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Crawford once revealed Michael Jackson’s mentorship towards Kobe Bryant

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Any average fan knows that Kobe Bryant shared a great bond with Michael Jordan. Someone frequently labeled Kobe as his generation’s MJ as his thirst for championships and destroying the opposition defenses matched that of the Bulls legend’s.

However, Jordan was not the only MJ who provided his mentorship to Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers legend also relied on the counsel of pop king, Michael Jackson. According to Crawford, “He was just unbelievable, had no weakness, and was always trying to get better. Like he would tell me about the conversations he would have with Michael Jackson. Just picking his brain about being great and being the greatest. And how meticulous he was with different things like.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on November 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

While the Mamba is no more, his legacy still shines bright. He made a storied career for himself with his tales being continued to be told to inspire the next batch of NBA players.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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