Luke Walton, a 10-year NBA veteran (most of them with the Lakers, where he won a few rings), was known for enjoying night outs in the bars and clubs of LA’s South Bay. He didn’t necessarily stand out more than other players of his era—Walton wasn’t a sideshow in the extreme—but he enjoyed the NBA lifestyle.
Kobe Bryant taught him a harsh lesson about not letting his work affect him.
Walton went on Bleacher Report’s “Open Run” podcast this week and told his Kobe story.
“I remember once I had a rookie year, I came a little, uh… (Kobe) and Shaq like to do that, I think it was just rookie, but any young – I probably have nights There was a lot to drink, so I came in, I was a rookie, I felt good, and they could smell some alcohol on me. And Kobe informed the rest of the team that anyone should help me with the defense. Not allowed to, and I have to protect him throughout the exercise.
“I was laughing at first, ‘Oh, that’s weird,’ but in Kobe’s mind, in his eyes, it was like, ‘No, I see and smell weakness. I’m going to destroy you today.’ He taught me that lesson. He probably scored 70 in practice that day, and I was begging for help, none of the teammates helped. But, yeah, his killer instincts and his work ethic, they always Will stay with me.”
Lesson second: don’t show up to exercise hunger. Walton said that Shaq did much of the same, and Walton could not foul him (at 6’8″ and 235, Walton was a little too short for Shaq to defend).
There are so many great Kobe stories out there.
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The Time Luke Walton Came in for Practice and Kobe Visited Him Originally Appeared on NBCSports.com