How Kobe Bryant Shattered Kevin Hart’s NBA Dream in High School With Just His Left Hand

April 6, 2020 8:54 pm

Kobe Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash early this year. It still comes as a shock to his fans around the world. Kobe’s friends and family try to remember him by sharing their fond moments with the NBA legend on social media. Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart recently posted a video on Instagram, sharing an awesome story that happened way back when they were in high school.

Hart spoke about attending a basketball camp with Bryant at Philadelphia. Former La Salle University coach Speedy Morris headed the camp, Hart said. The actor recalls his aspirations to make it to the NBA. Bryant on the other hand had already established himself as one of the best basketball players in the country.

Kobe Bryant against Kevin Hart at the Camp

Hart considered himself to be number two in the camp after he saw Kobe Bryant attending it as well. He recalls himself following Kobe around at the camp to be in the vicinity of a great player. And on Day 3 of the camp, Speedy Morris called up the rest of the kids went harsh on them. It was for not working hard enough. He wanted them to put in extra work in order to become better. 

Morris displayed Kobe as an example for the other guys, telling them Kobe has only been using his left hand throughout the camp. Hart funnily shares that Kobe didn’t use his right hand throughout the camp. He used to dribble, pass and shoot only with the left. 

In Hart’s words:

“The opportunity that I thought was gonna be the biggest of my life turned out to be a goddam practice pad for Kobe Bryant. The moments I thought I was playing some of the hardest defense ever, Kobe Bryant was just counting in his head, One dribble, two dribble, three dribble, four.”

“We didn’t even know he was practicing on us until the head coach made us all feel stupid for not working as hard as he worked. Needless to say, that’s when my NBA dreams were shattered.”

Bryant who was recently selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, showcased his desire to improve and his hunger for victory even when he was just a teenager in high school which led him to achieve greatness in his career and become an NBA legend. 

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing to the website since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from the Madras Christian College. Outside of writing, Arjun has also conducted interviews with significant personalities in the sporting world such as notable NBA Insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, and Jerry Castello, the CEO of USA Natural Patches, and the founder the basketball tournament ‘The 5.’ Arjun manages the Golf division of the site. In addition, he covers news pertaining to the NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Tennis divisions too.

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