• Fri. May 20th, 2022

Former Rockets star reveals crazy story when he signed the bill as Kobe Bryant at a restaurant

Kobe Bryant was one of the most decorated players in NBA history. The Mamba has made Los Angeles his home as he has raced with the city his entire career. Throughout his time in the league, he gave players and fans enough memories to cherish. Recently, a former Houston Rockets center revealed how Bryant gave him a big surprise after their game.

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Kobe was one of the most competitive players in the league. Even for his own teammates, the element of competition has always existed in his mind. During matches, he was extremely focused and didn’t let anything distract him. With victory as his only goal, his main motive would be to destroy his opponents. However, there were times when the Mamba decided to scale things down.

Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, staying with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

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Kobe Bryant gives Parsons the Los Angeles experience

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As a rookie in the league, Chandler Parsons came to play against the Lakers in 2011. The Rockets entered Staples Center to face Kobe Bryant’s Lakers. At the time, Kevin McHale was Houston’s coach. In particular, he had warned his team of the celebrities who would be there and how they should not fall under the pressure. Another major warning he gave them was how the Mamba would seek to pursue them.

At game time, Parsons had Kobe on a mission. As the fourth quarter approached, he and the Mamba struck up a conversation. Kobe asked Parsons if he was planning on spending the night in Los Angeles so he could set him up in a good spot. But Parsons thought it was a joke. However, the Mamba pulled off the unexpected.

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Bryant set it up in one of the best spots in town, and Parsons was in complete disbelief. At first he thought it was a joke, but then he took the opportunity to invite all his friends. However, when the waitress walked in with a bill, he was in fear for his life. He said, “I open it up and it’s like $22,000. At this point, I’m like, I’m sick. I can’t do this like this card is gonna bounce. I’ll never forget, this chick is looking at me, hands me a pen and says sign for Mr. Bryant. I sign Kobe Bryant on a $22,000 club bill. And everyone says he’s tough, he’s gonna come after you. I’m like this guy was cool as f**k. He was awesome.

It is indeed nice to hear a positive Kobe story from an opponent, because in most stories it usually ends in horror for his opponents. However, for Parsons, it remains his fondest memory from Kobe.

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