Kyrie Irving Credits Lesson From Kobe Bryant For 57-Point Night

Kobe Bryant Kyrie Irving

The story of the NBA on Thursday night was the excellent game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers defeated the Spurs 123-120 in overtime in what was one of the best games of the year and Kyrie Irving was the star of the night as he dropped 57 points on the defending champs.

— Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! —

Irving was on fire making 20 of 32 shots including all seven of his three-pointers, all while being defended tightly by a variety of Spurs defending him. In explaining his amazing night, Irving referenced a lesson he learned from Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

As long as my elbow is pointed at the rim, I feel like it has a great chance to go in. I learned that from Kobe Bryant. If you get a good look at it and your elbow is pointed at the rim, it has a great chance of going in.”

The influence of Kobe Bryant on the next generation of superstars continues with his lesson to one of the best young point guards in the NBA. Many recall Irving challenging Kobe to a game of one-on-one during the 2012 Olympic team practices, but that clearly didn’t stop Kobe from imparting some wisdom on the young kid.

Anthony Davis has also spoken about Kobe taking him under his wing during that time period and plenty of the league’s top players have credited Kobe with influencing their game. Even though Kobe’s playing career is winding down, his impact will still be felt through many of the NBA’s brightest stars.

[divide]

Kobe Bryant On Handing Lakers ‘Keys’ Over Before He Retires


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Lakers Have Yet To Schedule Private Workout With LSU’s Ben Simmons

The 2016 NBA Draft is only a few weeks away with the Los Angeles Lakers more than likely ending up with either Ben Simmons out of LSU or Duke’s Brandon Ingram…

Lakers News: Lonnie Walker IV Bids Farewell To Spurs On Social Media

The opening day of free agency was a frenzy as anticipated, with numerous contracts being agreed to within the first…

Paul George: Signing With Lakers In Free Agency, Playing Alongside LeBron James Was ‘Tempting’

The Los Angeles Lakers entered into the offseason with more salary cap space than any other team in the NBA, which…

Lakers Training Camp: Luke Walton Relieved To See High Level Of Competition Across Entire Roster

One of the biggest tenets Luke Walton has emphasized during his tenure as Los Angeles Lakers head coach is competition…