To win an NBA championship is arguably the largest achievement in lots of a profession. To win it in three separate a long time is one thing solely two individuals have completed. And the primary to ever do it was no celebrity.
And through his time in Los Angeles, Salley shaped a strong relationship with up-and-comer Kobe Bryant. The veteran talks about how he was a fan of Kobe’s father’s recreation and constructed a bond with younger Kobe over the sport of basketball.
The duo confronted off in opposition to one another in one-on-one battles additionally throughout their interval collectively. And Salley claims that he made simple work of the Black Mamba.
How did John Salley describe his one-on-one battles with a younger Kobe Bryant?
John Salley and Kobe Bryant received alongside rather well it might seem, throughout their time at LA. Each of them have been disciples of the sport and used to spend time watching movies.
And Salley claims his dimension benefit received him the wins over his younger counterpart. The previous NBA champion’s declare can’t be validated, so it needs to be taken at Sally’s phrase alone.
“I’d watch movie with him. I even went to the studio with the person to listen to his file on the Sony studio. He was a distinct cat. We performed one-on-one day-after-day and I beat him as a result of I’m seven foot and the sport was to seven and I get the ball first as a result of I’m older and I’d simply again him down and rating” stated Salley of his interval along with Kobe.
A dimension benefit plus his age gave him the primary shot. However getting common wins(?) in opposition to somebody as aggressive because the Black Mamba is sort of the flex certainly.
Was John Salley a serious contributor to Kobe and the Lakers?
Regardless of the success in one-on-one battles, Salley wasn’t fairly the stud on the courtroom for the Lakers. The previous Pistons star averaged just one.6 factors per recreation and began solely 3 video games for the LA franchise.
A complete of 45 appearances averaging 6.7 minutes per recreation exhibits how Salley was merely an end-of-the-bench participant. Fairly the far cry from his necessary stints as a “Unhealthy Boy” at Detroit.
Regardless, with appreciable expertise and profitable expertise, at that – Salley was an necessary veteran to the Laker group. Younger Kobe Bryant’s bond with him and Salley’s narration is merely proof of that.
Not every part might be quantified in numbers, and clearly, such was Salley’s position within the 2000 NBA championship.