Lakers Rumors: Rob Pelinka Made Up Kobe Bryant Having Dinner With Heath Ledger Story
Lakers Rumors: Rob Pelinka Made Up Story About Kobe Bryant Meeting Heath Ledger
IGN

One of the things that has always made Kobe Bryant special is his desire to be the best and learn from others who are the best in their respective fields.

There are countless stories of Bryant having conversations with any number of stars in other sports, media, entertainment, and other careers.

Much like Bryant seeking out tidbits and guidance from others, Lakers general manager and Bryant’s best friend Rob Pelinka has become very much known for his stories. At almost every major press conference, Pelinka has at some point delved into a deep story either directly involving a player or relating to one.

Obviously, the player Pelinka would have the most stories about would be Bryant, whom he remains very close with. One story he told about Bryant to the Lakers involved Heath Ledger, who famously played The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight.’ Pelinka told this story during Dwayne Johnson’s visit to the team as part of their Genius Talks series, according to Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight,'” Pelinka said. “Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there.’ So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role. And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks.”

Unfortunately for Pelinka, the story doesn’t quite add up regarding the timeline of Ledger’s death and the movie’s release:

“The Dark Knight” was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died. A source with direct knowledge said no such arrangement was made and no dinner ever took place.

This is an odd situation for Pelinka to be caught up in. It is very possible that Pelinka simply got his stories mixed up. Of course, it is also possible that Pelinka simply made the entire thing up to make himself and Bryant look better. If that was the case, it would seem to make little sense.

There are so many stories and instances of Bryant seeking and learning from the best that to make one up is just unnecessary. With all of the drama surrounding the Lakers, something like this is a minor issue at most but with the current optics of Pelinka, it certainly doesn’t paint him in any sort of positive light.

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: Magic Johnson Will Remain In Advisor Role Beyond 2016-17 Season

With the return of Magic Johnson, there’s been a lot of speculation as to what will happen in the front office for the Los Angeles…

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers Among Teams Expressing Interest In Luc Mbah A Moute

The Los Angeles Lakers have been pretty quiet on the free agency front after the rush of agreements following the…

Lakers Rumors: Hornets Interested In Montrezl Harrell, Offers Willing To Be Entertained

With the March 25 trade deadline fast approaching, teams have to decide soon if they’re content with their rosters…

Lakers Rumors: Lonzo Ball Running Under Water, Progressing Toward Using Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill In Recovery From Grade 3 Ankle Sprain

Just as the Los Angeles Lakers were receiving encouraging updates on LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the injury bug struck again. Lonzo Ball collided with James…