“Would Never Forget This Day”: Luka Doncic Shared His Funny Encounter With Kobe Bryant

Published 08/25/2020, 7:51 AM EDT


Luka Doncic is riding high with his newly attained success. First, he had a memorable regular season where he averaged 28.8 points per game. Then, he continued bettering himself as he averaged close to 31.5 points in the Playoffs. He proved that he easily deserves the most improved NBA player nomination. Recently, he sat down for an interview and talked about his last game against the Clippers and touched many other interesting topics. The Slovenian also talked about his memory with Kobe Bryant and shared something few people know. 

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Let us find out everything about the iconic meeting.

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Luka Doncic relishes his meeting with Kobe Bryant

On December 29, 2019, Luka had the chance to shake hands with legendary Kobe Bryant. The occasion was Los Angeles Lakers’ third season game against the Dallas Mavericks. Luka jumped on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and took pictures both with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. 

He narrated the entire experience and revealed, “Yeah, I mean he said some bad words in my language, you know. I was like, ‘who is talking to me in my language?’ I was like, just looked behind and it was Kobe. So I was just… It was something amazing. I would never forget this day. And after the game, I came, took a picture with him. He was one of the guys I looked up to. That day was amazing and I’ll never forget this.”

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Kobe Bryant was there to cheer for the Lakers and he tried to play his part from outside of the court. The Black Mamba trash-talked in Slovenian to make sure Luka hears him out. What a man! He later himself clicked Luka’s picture with his daughter. Luka was fortunate to get himself and Kobe in the same frame that day.

Lakers vs Mavericks rivalry

In the 2019-20 season, Lakers were 3-1 ahead of the Mavs. In the match that Kobe attended, Lakers defeated Mavs 108-95. LeBron James scored a double-double with 13 points and as many assists. Anthony Davis got 23 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added another 19. Mavs guard Luka Doncic could only manage 19 points in the half-hour long appearance on the court.

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Maybe Kobe’s trash-talking worked well to keep him under the immense pressure of playing in front of a role model. Luka Doncic will always keep that memory in his heart and keep seeking inspiration from The Black Mamba. So what if he was from the Lakers?

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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