Baron Davis: Kobe Bryant “kicked my butt” at UCLA

Baron Davis: Kobe Bryant “kicked my butt” at UCLA

The 20-year-old chapter has ended. Kobe Bryant has retired, but the heroics he left behind still thrill the fans. The unforgettable memories of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers’ star continue to hit the headlines; the latest story coming from former playe Baron Davis.

Davis’ memory goes back to his days with the UCLA Bruins. He appeared in ESPN’s His and Hers show with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill and was asked to reveal his favorite memory about Kobe Bryant.

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“I would say my Kobe story was when I knew I was going to go pro. I hurt my knee at UCLA, and I think it was the NBA lockout, and we were practicing, UCLA, we were practicing, and I couldn’t practice because I was still injured and Kobe Bryant walks into the gym.”

Davis was recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, but was confident of taking one-on-one with the promising star NBA star. And he didn’t hesitate to approach Kobe Bryant with his plans the moment he saw the Lakers star walking in.

“He didn’t say nothing to anybody. He just started working out, warming up on the other court. And then, I walked over and like ‘Man, can I rebound for you?’ and he was like ‘Yeah.’

“I was like ‘Do you want to play one-on-one?’ because the team was practicing. So me and Kobe we started playing these games of one-on-one, and next thing you know, I look up, and I’m down like 3-0, I look to the sidelines, and the whole team is watching us play one-on-one.”

Bryant played six one-on-one games with Davis. And Davis admitted, that the experience boosted his confidence for making it to the highest stage of the game.

“I think it was 4-2. Four games to two.”

In his long NBA career, Baron Davis featured for five different teams.