Oscar Nominated Actor Chadwick Boseman Once Revealed His Unique Relationship With Kobe Bryant

Published 02/07/2022, 11:59 PM EST
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is considered the greatest Los Angeles Lakers player ever. He played for the franchise for 20 years and owns almost every team record. Notably, the Staples Center was called the House that Kobe Bryant Built, as he is adored by the city of Los Angeles.

Being in LA, Kobe had the opportunity to meet a lot of people from Hollywood. Kobe is known to be friends with a lot of actors, singers, and directors as well. One of them included Oscar-Nominated actor, Chadwick Boseman, who was famous for his role as Black Panther.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant yells out in frustration after just missing a circus shot against the Nuggets defense late in the first half in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Chadwick Boseman was not a close friend of Kobe, but the two had a unique relationship. When Kobe tragically passed away two years ago, in a helicopter incident Chadwick paid him a tribute on his own. While on the show, The Shop, Boseman talked about his relationship with Kobe.

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It felt like somebody that I knew, says Chadwick Boseman, referring to Kobe Bryant

Boseman said, ” I had like four conversations with him. He’s not somebody that I was best friends with or that I knew really well. But the crazy thing is that in those four conversations when he passed, it felt like somebody that I knew really well.”

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Boseman also talked about his first conversation with Kobe. This had happened in the 2018 movie awards season. Boseman adds, “First time I saw him was before he won the Oscar. It was crazy because he was sitting at a party talking about philosophers and poets, and like that’s what who he was.” 

Boseman also suggested to Bryant that they should collaborate on a project in the future. Going by his reaction then, Bryant was interested in the idea of the collaboration. Boseman adds, “He looked up at me said, ‘Two years’. It was like he saw the whole thing unfold.”

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However, this idea never became a reality as Kobe passed away in January 2020 and Chadwick Boseman lost his battle to cancer seven months later. While it is our loss that we couldn’t see them come together for a dream project, their interaction was indeed a touching moment.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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