THE late great Kobe Bryant was known for his competitive nature and this latest story from a former teammate furthers that notion.
EX-Los Angeles Lakers star and teammate of Bryant, Robert Horry, shared a moment from their stint together and recalled when the late NBA legend smacked a teammate over a bet.
Robert Horry shared a story about Bryant and Walker owing him moneyCredit: Getty
Walker and Bryant were teammates for two seasonsCredit: Getty
Horry spent seven seasons with the Lakers and won three straight titles with Bryant from 2000 to 2002.
The 7-time NBA champion appeared on an episode of “All the Smoke” and talked about an altercation Bryant had with a former teammate, Samaki Walker, back in 2002.
The team decided to gamble shooting shots from half-court — Bryant won, and everyone had to pay him $100.
However, Horry revealed that Samaki did not pay Bryant since he was new to the team and didn’t know that was a bad idea.
And after two weeks after not being paid, Horry said Bryant asked for the money on the team bus, and when he declined, Bryant smacked him.
“Samaki made a bet with Kobe, and all paid up immediately Samaki didn’t pay because he was new to the team.”
“Samaki didn’t pay him, and Kobe kept asking.”
“One day, two days, two weeks later, he was like, ‘You don’t give me my money, I’mma smack you upside the head.'”
“So as Kobe was walking past him on the bus, He’s like, ‘Samaki, you have my money?’ and ‘Nah, m—, I ain’t got your money,’ and boom! Kobe smacked the s—t out of him!”
Walker tried to fight Bryant after the smack and threw his music player at him but missed, according to Jeff Pearlman’s book, “Three Ring Circus.”
It’s unclear if Walker ever paid Bryant, but the moment didn’t affect the Mamba too much.
He went on to score 32 points that night in a Lakers victory.
Walker played ten years in the NBA and won an NBA championship ship with the Lakers.
Walkers played ten seasons in the NBACredit: Getty