Playing in the same backcourt as Kobe Bryant, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue won two NBA titles. But according to LakersNation.com and Dave McMenamin of ESPN, that’s not the first thing that Coach Lue remembers the most about playing with Bryant.
“Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. And he drove baseline and I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. He tried to dunk it and I blocked it against the glass. We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, ‘Ahhh, he blocked you!’ He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice.
“‘We going to play one-on-one, me and you.’ I said, ‘No, I’m not playing you one-on-one.’ He was so mad and then, after that, it was just, every day we stepped onto the court, he just went after me every single day. It was crazy. And then, like other stories, just playing one-on-one every day, every time we acquired a new guy, he would play those guys one-on-one after every practice just to show them, like, ‘I’m the man, I’m the man.’ Did the same thing with Glen Rice. Just his competitive nature, man, it was just unbelievable.”
This comes out in front of the match-up between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cavaliers Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. This will be Coach Lue’s first time coaching against his former Lakers teammate, and Bryant’s last game in Cleveland.
Sportsbook.ag has the Lakers as a 15 point underdog against a Cavalier team that is 8-3 under Lue, and 37-14 overall. The Lakers are 1-9 in their last 10 games and have the second worst record in the league at 11-43.