One of the biggest fans of Kobe Bryant that is currently playing in the NBA today is Brandon Jennings. Although everyone in the league is starting to sing Kobe’s praises with his career potentially coming to an end after next season, Jennings has been an avid admirer of Kobe’s for quite some time and has been very open about his respect for the face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise.
On Wednesday, before taking on the Washington Wizards, Jennings continued to express his admiration for Kobe, according to Adi Joseph of USA Today’s For The Win:
“Growing up in Los Angeles, being around that dynasty that the Lakers had growing up, I just grew up being a Kobe fan.”
After witnessing Kobe go through his workout routine back in high school, there was no turning back for Jennings, via Joseph:
“I got a chance to watch him work out when I was in high school, and after that, I just became a Kobe fanatic, a big fan.”
Throughout his entire career in the NBA, Kobe has been praised for his drive and work ethic. Although some teammates have found the superstar shooting guard difficult to work with, his resume and ability to continue playing at a high level at 36 speaks for itself.
Jennings doesn’t hide the fact that he would’ve loved to have been Kobe’s teammate. The Pistons point guard said the following about what could’ve been if he were wearing purple and gold to start his career, via Joseph:
“If I came into the league playing with Kobe, I’d probably have two or three rings right now,” Jennings said, his grin turning into a full smile.
With Jennings set to become a free agent in 2016, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that he land in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Kobe may have already announced his retirement at the time.[divide]
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