Kobe Bryant’s Embarrassing Loss Once Led to Him Spending Huge Amount of His Net Worth on Bizarre Commodity

Published 05/13/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers won 119-115.”n(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Kobe Bean Bryant was one of the greatest ever to play the game of basketball. The Lakers legend only played for one franchise throughout his career. And saw two of his jerseys retired by the Lakers. Kobe was famous for his work ethic and the “Mamba Mentality”. He never backed down from working hard and always was the first one to practice and the last one to leave it. And he hated losing, be it basketball or any other game.

 

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A recent video talked about one particular incident which perfectly captured his Mamba Mentality. The incident is from 2013 when Kobe hosted a thanksgiving dinner. The Lakers sideline reported Mike Trudell, who was a very good Table Tennos player, was beating everybody. He then issued a challenge to Kobe saying “He would be happy to beat him next”. When Kobe’s turn came to face him, he lost by a huge margin. But rather than leaving, Kobe wanted another go at Trudell. The next game was close as Kobe made some adjustments, but Kobe still lost. But what happened after this game is interesting.

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)

Word reached Trudell that within a week Kobe had ordered an Olympic Table Tennis table to be delivered to his home for practice. Kobe hated losing, and his actions showed that. See the video below –

 

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Kobe – The legend who never backed down

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Kobe was part of the legendary 1996 NBA Draft. He later became a basketball icon who inspired an entire generation of basketball players who wanted to play the game, the way Kobe played. Kobe was the mid-range assassin who backed himself to make any and every shot in the book. He won five NBA Championships with the Lakers throughout his career.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives the NBA’s Most Valuable Player trophy from commissioner David Stern before game two of the Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kobe formed a dynamic duo with Shaq en route to a three-peat in the early 2000s. After the duo broke up in 2004, Kobe had to wait for some time before he could finally win another championship in 2009. Kobe also won the NBA league MVP award in 2008. He was one of the most lethal scorers in the game and a once-in-a-generation player. He may have left us early, but his legacy continues to live on.

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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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