Fox Sport’s Chris Broussard joined B-Mitch and Scott Linn to tell them how he’ll always remember Kobe.
Broussard first discusses how he’s handled his grief of the late Bryant. Being able to verbally express what Kobe meant to him and the impact he’s had on the world, has somewhat eased the pain for Broussard, but nonetheless still hurts.
“Kobe Bryant is one of those guys that’s a basketball immortal, and so you kind of felt like he’s always going to be apart of the fabric of our society,” said Broussard. “He was immortal in basketball, so you take that into life thinking he’s always going to be around. So the suddenness and finality of it, it’s been tough.”
Broussard also raved about Kobe’s mental approach to everything he partook in, on the court and off the court.
“Kobe didn’t half step in anything he did. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, or he didn’t do it.”
Everyone knows about all the work Kobe put in on the court. From showing up two to three hours before practice and still being the last player to leave the gym, to adding something to new to his game every off-season, to ultimately winning 5 NBA Championship, we can attest to Kobe’s work ethic on the court!
Broussard, however, also illuminates the things that he did off the court and post-retirement. Bryant was starting to become a media mogul, he had started writing and his book The Mamba Mentality was a New York Times best-seller, and he won an Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball.
“He took the same approach to those things as he did to basketball, and I think people over time, will really begin to start studying the ‘mamba mentality’ and trying to take his approach to the things he partook in and applying it to their lives and say ‘everything I do, ima do it at 110%’.”
Kobe’s mentality and his confidence were both innate features. Developing his skills, which he religiously worked on and learning to play at the NBA level were the two things Kobe had to work after entering the league, according to Broussard.
“Those are the ingredients for an all-time,” Broussard emphatically stated.
And Broussard ends the interview, recounting when, in his eyes, Kobe had proved himself to be a clutch performer. Broussard eyes the 2000 Finals Game 4, which Shaq had fouled out of with about three minutes left to play. However, Kobe, repeatedly told the fans not to worry as he made clutch basket after basket, ultimately leading to a Lakers win and a 3-1 series lead.