Millionaire Actor Sylvester Stallone Made Public Kobe Bryant Demand After Receiving ‘Rocky’ Honor

Published 06/23/2022, 7:30 PM EDT
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers points alongside J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kobe Bean Bryant was one of the greatest players ever to have played the game of basketball. Kobe was an offensive genius who could shoot the basketball from anywhere and could score at will. During his peak years, Kobe’s off-the-court popularity was as great as anybody else in the game. Even players who played alongside Kobe in the league respected him and looked up to him.

The new generation of players look up to Kobe as the previous generation players looked up to Michael Jordan. Kobe’s death in January 2020 shocked the world. From other sports persons to celebrities, everybody was Kobe’s fan. His death led to an outpour of condolences for the Bryant family, and everybody gave their regard to the black mamba. And it looks like this one particular Kobe fan wanted Kobe to get the rocky treatment.

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According to a resurfaced article, the Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, whose character Rocky is a sports legend in the city of Philadelphia, wanted a statue for Kobe alongside the Rocky statue. Bryant lived in Philadelphia since he was 13-years-old and where he made a name for himself as a top high school basketball player.

Kobe Bryant – The legend bigger than the game

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Kobe dominated the league right from his first year with the Lakers. He was a hard worker whose workout ethics are the stuff of legend. He was always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave a practice. His most famous nickname was ” The Black Mamba”. He was the face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise for twenty years.

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Kobe was part of the legendary 1996 NBA Draft class. The Charlotte Hornets selected him as the thirteenth overall pick. And on a draft-day trade traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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In LA, Kobe teamed up with Shaq and formed a duo that would dominate the league. They won three straight NBA Championships together and went to four NBA Finals. After Shaq left him, Kobe would win another two NBA Championships. Let us know in the comments below your favorite 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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