Dwyane Wade Narrates His Favorite Kobe Bryant Memory During the 2008 Olympics

Published 12/10/2020, 7:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA — SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 — The Lakers Kobe Bryant watches the game slip away during their 109-95 loss to the Clippers on Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The world lost the NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant earlier this year. A tragic helicopter crash led to the death of him and his daughter, along with seven other people. It’s about to be a year since the incident happened, but his fans and the basketball fraternity are still mourning. From time to time, people have come up with their favorite Kobe story and now it’s Dwyane Wade’s turn.

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Not only was Kobe loyal to the Lakers and end up spending his entire career with them, but he was also equally determined when he played for his nation in the Olympics. Playing alongside the best, he took his Mamba mentality wherever he could.

Before he even made his debut in the Olympics in 2008, Kobe had already achieved far more than many other players. He had won the NBA championship thrice and was the reigning MVP too. The way he carried himself in both his Olympic appearances showed that he was the ultimate leader and team player. And it didn’t matter with whom and for what he played.

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2008––USA’s form left, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd walk off the court during a timeout against China during competition in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The experience of playing with Kobe Bryant

The Olympics enable the best of the league’s players to come together for a gold. In one such moment, Dwyane Wade had the pleasure of playing alongside Kobe Bryant, and he just can’t forget that overwhelming feeling he got.

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On ESPN’s “Danger Talk” session with Russell Wilson, Wade narrated, “One of my favorite things about that experience with Kob’ is, so I was coming off the bench. And Kob’ came to me and he knew I was coming off the bench and he said, ‘Hey D when you get in, …I’m gonna pick up the defender, 94 feet. I’m gonna harass ’em.’… All Kobe cared about was defense… To be able to play with a guy who had everything offensively, who coulda just demanded us give him the ball every time down. Was worried about defense? In the Olympics? Come on, bro.”

For the entirety of his career, Kobe is that athlete that continuously challenged himself and his own numbers. The legend was obsessed with winning, a quality that was most admired about him. Last season, the Lakers made tributes throughout the postseason for the man who made them who they are.

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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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