I’m not sure Kobe Bryant would admit it if asked, but you have to wonder if the Black Mamba actually likes his teammate, Nick Young.
Bryant has never been known as an antics kind of guy, so you’d have to believe that the ‘Swaggy P’ persona wears on him at times.
Bryant and Young are surely going to spend some time together after practice now because of these comments from Young regard a game of one-on-one.
“I probably could, but I don’t want him to feel some type of way because I still have to play with him,” he said. “He’s still got to pass me the ball every now and then, so I’m going to say he could win but deep down I think we both know who could win.”
Young and Bryant have embarked on a trash talk competition since training camp began. Bryant explained why he goes so hard at Young during their verbal exchanges.
“He playfully does it but I take it to another level. I just stay on him,” Bryant said. “I do it because when you’re tired it’s very easy to go out there and go with the motions but if someone’s talking to you you have no choice but to try to perform.”
This season will be epic for a number of different reasons, but watching the dynamic play out between Bryant and Young is definitely reason to follow the Lakers.