‘So Damn Disrespectful’: Steph Curry Recalls First Meeting with Kobe Bryant

Published 01/17/2021, 11:43 PM EST
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) shares words with Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) at the end of the game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles defeated Golden State 118-115 in overtime. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors are having a hard time maintaining their form this season. They are evidently feeling the absence of their second superstar, Klay Thompson. While we all thought that the worst is over for the Warriors, that’s far from the truth. It looks like Stephen Curry alone is carrying the weight of the team on his shoulders. But did you know that Steph’s ‘welcome to the league’ moment starred Kobe Bryant?

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How is Stephen Curry leading the Warriors so far?

Despite not having the best supporting cast, the Warriors are holding on for dear life with a 6-6 record. If it weren’t for Curry showing up big in games, Golden State would land exactly where they were last season – at the bottom of the Western Conference.

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This is the man who dropped 62 points against the Portland Trail Blazers. He topped it with another 31 points against the Sacramento Kings. This was a response to all those who keep saying that Curry stands nowhere without Klay.

So, who does one of the best shooters of this generation look up to? And how was his first run-in with his icon, Kobe Bryant?

Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) returns to defense after a three point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bitter-sweet welcome by Kobe Bryant

Curry recently reminisced the first time he went head to head with Bryant.

“One of my first preseason games down at the Forum my rookie year, we played against him, and I got switched onto him in an ISO situation, I’m scrawny, 170-pound rookie coming in, and the look he gave me was so damn disrespectful — it was crazy,” he narrated.

“That was kind of my welcome to the league moment, and from there, to the shot in preseason probably three or four years later, he gave me a little pat on the a– after I hit him with a 30-footer. But he’s definitely inspiring in terms of his legacy.”

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In this matchup, the Warriors ended up defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 110-91. This was unreal for Curry, who considered Kobe his icon since he was a kid.

“He was our generation’s Jordan in terms of iconic moves, ISO stuff, fadeaways, game-winners, something about his name even just rolls off the tongue nice when you’re counting down three, two, one you yell ‘Kobe!’ when you knock it down,” Curry added.

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)

Almost a year has gone by since tragedy struck the NBA world and Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. Steph has just added his name to the list of people who have been telling their Kobe stories ever since. Can the sole superstar of the Warriors channel his inner Kobe and bring them the title they so desperately need this year?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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