Larry Nance Jr. Was ‘Terrified’ Of Kobe Bryant’s Response To 2012 Tweet

The excitement that Larry Nance Jr. felt after being drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers was short-lived after a 2012 tweet surfaced of Nance referencing Kobe Bryant’s case in Colorado.

— Have you seen the ‘Bleed Purple and Gold’ phone case? —

Nance contacted Kobe and apologized to him, referring to him as ‘Mr. Bryant’ which Kobe said made him feel old. Kobe did brush off the tweet, but Nance revealed at his introductory press conference that he was terrified of what Kobe might say according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

Kobe had no ill feelings towards Nance, simply saying that everyone does things they regret when they’re 19 years old. That surely made Nance feel a lot better as no rookie wants to come in being on Kobe’s bad side.

Now that both Kobe and Nance have spoken about the tweet, and Kobe has declared it ‘water under the bridge,’ everyone should be able to move past this issue. As a first-round pick, Nance has a guaranteed contract, so he will have a lot of work ahead of him if he expects to make an immediate impact for the Lakers.

Nance will get his first chance to show what he can do during Summer League where he and fellow 2015 draft picks D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Brown will join second-year players Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black, and Jabari Brown for what should be a very entertaining team.

[divide]

One-On-One With Larry Nance, Jr.

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…