As the world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant, tidbits of interesting information about the Los Angeles Laker legend keep popping up everywhere. The Black Mamba was renowned for his legendary work ethic and extraordinary dedication to his craft, but there is nothing more shocking than what NBA guard Corey Maggette said about Bryant.
Maggette played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2000-2008, and was good friends with his crosstown rival. In an interview with the Athletic, Maggette said:
“As far as with Kobe, you just knew that he was different. He was different. I remember the call that I got from Rob [Pelinka] and Kobe. Rob called me and said, ‘Man, you wouldn’t believe where I am right now.’ I said, ‘Where?’ He said, ‘Man, we’re in the middle of the ocean and Kobe is trying to prepare himself for the rigors of the season. He’s swimming with great white sharks.’ I’m like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘He’s literally swimming with great white sharks.’
“I’ll never forget that. He sent me a video of him literally swimming with great white sharks. And Kobe was like, ‘Hey, if you want to get some of this Mamba, you need to come swim with the sharks.’ I’m like, ‘Kob, I’m not coming to swim with no damn sharks, man. You’re on your own with that one.’ It was just a different approach.”
That is utterly shocking. This dude was just a different animal….