Hollywood’s Michael B. Jordan Recalls How Kobe Bryant Refused to Acknowledge Him While Playing: “Hey I’m Still Sitting Here, We Know Each Other. We Worked Together”

Published 12/15/2021, 10:47 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant listens as the National Anthem is sung by Jeffey Osborne at the season opener against the Rockets at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is known for his innate qualities. Apart from his sheer talent on court, he will always be remembered for his ‘Mamba mentality’. While playing, Kobe had a tunnel vision that blocked out any external interference. When he was on, there was no option other than giving your 100%. Perhaps this is what earned him his 5 NBA Championships. Not even the biggest superstars could sway his focus and concentration.

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In early 2020, the world lost one of its greatest ever NBA legends. In a disastrous helicopter crash, Kobe Bryant and several others lost their lives. It made the entire fraternity appreciate the gift of life, and also reminisce Kobe’s greatest moments. Recently, iconic Hollywood actor Michael B. Jordan was part of a basketball related podcast. Speaking about Kobe, he recalled how the 18-time All-star didn’t care about his presence in the arena. Instead, his entire focus was solely on the game.

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‘He was so locked in’: Michael B. Jordan on Kobe Bryant

During his two decade long career, KB inspired Los Angeles to a historic era of basketball. When playing alongside the Mamba, every member of the roster realized the responsibility that comes with playing for the badge. A certified celebrity, there’s no doubt that fellow stars were always interested in catching Kobe in action. Michael B. Jordan, who also attended the 4-time All-star MVP’s games, recalled how Kobe didn’t have a care in the world about his presence. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Jordan revealed all the details.

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“I do have another moment about Kobe actually,” Michael said. “It was court side sitting next to him. I can’t remember what game it was but my experience is kinda the opposite. He’s so locked in, he doesn’t break. So like saying what’s up to him in warm-up lines, all that stuff was cool. But when the game was on, sitting like two seats away from him, you know what I mean? It’s just how focused he is on what he’s in the middle of and what he’s doing. Even when you try to get ‘Hey I’m still sitting here, we know each other, we worked together’ it’s like you respect the workplace. And the drive of what mission he’s on. So that was just the opposite, but he was just so locked in. It was always impressive.”

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Time and again, we are made aware of Kobe’s impeccable influence on the sport. He was a true trailblazer; a representative of basketball and humanity. Loved by all and hated by none, Kobe Bryant will be remembered for all eternity!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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