Kobe Bryant Taught Buddy Hield One Of His Unforgettable Moves
Buddy Hield Working Out With Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Ahead Of Nba Draft

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant may have retired last April, but he isn’t far from the minds of NBA players. New Orleans Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield, for example, grew up watching Bryant play and was thrilled when his idol attended March Madness games at the Honda Center to see him play.

— Get 15% off everything in the Lakers Nation Store right now by using the promo code ‘Lakers’ —

However, Bryant’s relationship with Hield didn’t end there. In a piece for The Player’s Tribune, Hield recalled a workout he had with Bryant a month after the NBA Draft, which included practicing one of Bryant’s most famous moves:

The way we did our shooting drills impressed me even more. It was different. After warming up, we didn’t do a normal shooting workouts — like taking 10 shots from one spot and 10 from another. Kobe was having me copy specific moves he was doing, and then repeating them over and over until I got bored of doing them. It wasn’t like one dribble to the elbow for a jumper, it was full sequences — moves that you might not even attempt once a game.

One move started in the high post. Kobe pump-faked at the free throw line and reverse-pivoted into the lane for a floater.

He made me do that one move maybe 100 times in a row while he watched.

As Hield mentioned elsewhere in the article, there were even rumors that the Lakers could select Hield with their second overall pick (they instead took Duke’s Brandon Ingram). The thought was that Hield’s workouts with Bryant could push him to Los Angeles, but it wasn’t meant to be.

While he may no longer be putting on a jersey, Bryant’s fingerprints are still noticeable around the NBA and his exploits won’t soon be forgotten by those who grew up watching him bring five championships to Los Angeles.

You May Also Like

CJ McCollum Was ‘Relieved’ Kawhi Leonard Did Not Sign With Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have arguably one of the best rosters on paper in the entire NBA with LeBron James and Anthony…

Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Focused On Defining Defensive Role In Rookie Season

The expectations can often get out of hand for a rookie entering his first NBA season, as the glamour of the NBA also comes with an…

Lakers News: Luke Walton Calls Experimenting With Different Lineups ‘Tougher’ As 2018-19 NBA Season Reaches Second Half

To begin the 2018-19 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was heavily criticized for not having a set rotation through the team’s 2-5 start. With nine new…

Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Timetable Is ‘Up In The Air’

Before the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Chicago Bulls on Monday…