With all the drama surrounding the Oklahoma City’s Paul George and his plans for free agency this offseason — namely wanting to play in his hometown Los Angeles for the Lakers, as he’s stated before — it’s no surprise that George looked up to Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant as he was growing up.
Knowing how intense and focused Kobe was on the court, it’s also no surprise that the two shooting guards have had some encounters when George‘s former team the Pacers faced off against the Lakers.
PG13 recently shared one of the many stories he has of Bryant, and of course, it involves trash talk.
“He [Kobe] does his patented turnaround-spin-pump-fake. I jump, go flying trying to block this guy, and then he just steps through and lays it up,” George said. “And then he runs down in front of our bench where Brian Shaw is sitting, and he’s like ‘Yo, check the young fellow for feathers. I got him flyin’ all over the place.'”
The Black Mamba’s ability to not only expose his opponent but completely demoralize them after the fact — Jalen Rose, we’re looking at you — puts him up there as one of the greatest trash-talkers in NBA history next to Gary Payton and Jordan himself.
Laker fans are hoping that George heads their way this offseason and can become the leader Kobe once was for the storied Los Angeles franchise.