‘Never Wanted to Take Days Off’- LA Clippers Coach Draws Similarities Between Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant

Published 01/25/2021, 10:28 AM EST


Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest winners in NBA history. MVPs, Finals MVPs, and even three-peats are all additions to their resumes. However, many people still wonder what separates Jordan and Kobe from the rest. Why are their records so untouchable despite many trying? LA Clippers Head Coach Tyronn Lue has explained what separates them from the field.

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“Their will to win. I think just their competitive nature and their will to win and them just bringing it every single day in practice. They practiced hard than they played in the games most of the time. And like I said, I asked Kobe, sorry Tayshawn and Ron Harper asked him. Why are you going so hard in practice? They said, well, practice is harder because if I practice hard, then the games are easier.

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“So that was their approach, especially MJs when I played with him at 40, 41 years old. Never wanted to take days off from practice, even though Doug Collins tried to make him. But he would never do it and Kobe was the same way.”

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan: Winning mentality

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest players in NBA history for a reason. Outside of their insane work ethic, they have a mindset that not many players can match.

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Jordan was just called a man with a killer mindset, while Kobe had a nickname for his way of thinking. The Mamba Mentality.

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)

The pair have 11 rings between them. That is a rich history that nobody can take away from them. They earned it on the court through their tireless work on and off the court. The laurels and flowers they have received are well deserved.

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Ty Lue has played with both Kobe and MJ, and his insight in this matter is perfect. If anybody can attest to it, it’s him.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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