Lakers’ Anthony Davis Recalls Kobe Bryant Amazed him by Just Shooting with his Left Hand

Published 01/22/2021, 12:09 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)


Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players to ever don the basketball gear. The sheer determination and grit he brought to the court was unmatched.

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The ‘Black Mamba’ is still remembered fondly by many players and fans of today’s generation who grew up watching him steal the show. When Kobe wanted to get something on the court, no one could tell him that he couldn’t.

Kobe Bryant goes southpaw with fade-away

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Los Angeles Lakers‘ Anthony Davis shared a story from the time he played against Kobe Bryant. It was during his time with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kobe had hurt his right shoulder and had just come back into the game. Despite the injury, Kobe was determined to get his team the win, and he showed that with his play.

He said, “This was in New Orleans. I think this is the year Kobe tore something in his right shoulder.  And he was holding his shoulder after drove to the basket. I was on the bench. So timeout, he comes back into the game. He’s tough, still going to continue to play.” 

Mamba Mentality inspires players of today

Davis added that Kobe came back into the game and was playing in the post against a Pelicans’ defender. With his right arm out of action, Kobe decided to use his left arm to take a beautiful fade-away shot.

Kobe’s ability to compensate for an injury and still continue to play at a high level amazed Davis.

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LOS ANGELES, USA – APRIL 6: Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers gestures during the NBA match between Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, USA on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“He comes down the very next play, they throw the ball to him in the post. He takes two dribbles, does a shimmy, and shoots the ball left-handed. And it goes in. I just stare at him on the court looking at the bench. I was just amazed that a guy comes in and says ‘okay I’m just going to shoot left-handed’. One of my earliest memories in the league.”

Kobe Bryant’s stories continue to garner fascination from the basketball community. He was an inspiration to many players of the current generation, some of whom had the privilege of playing with or against him during their careers.

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The memory of Bryant continues to live on today with the generation of players that he inspired to play with his ‘Mamba Mentality’.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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