During a recent Instagram Live session, former Miami Heat superstar guard, Dwyane Wade, talked about some of rare NBA stories with Portland Trail Blazers all-star forward, Carmelo Anthony.
As you can watch the video below, Dwyane Wade was asking a few questions to Carmelo Anthony about the Los Angeles Lakers late icon, Kobe Bryant.
In the Instagram Live video, Carmelo Anthony shared some really rare stories of himself with Kobe Bryant and explained how he first gained Kobe Bryant’s respect.
During a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets early in Anthony’s career, Kobe Bryant acknowledged Anthony before playing but then trash-talked him throughout the game.
Here’s what Anthony said in the video:
“They might dub you, right? They might not even say anything to you. They might not shake your hand. So, Kob’ comes on the court, gives me dap, I give him dap. So, throughout the game, he’s saying littles— to me, like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re gonna let you go off now until the fourth quarter.
I’m going to guard you in the fourth quarter.”
“And he’s just like, ‘I told you. I told you what’s about to happen.’ I’m like, ‘What happening?’ He’s like, ‘Let’s go, let’s give the world what they want to see.’ Offensive rebound, he’s fouling me, grabbing me.
He come down, I foul him hard. I come back down, he’s fouling me hard. We just talking trash.”
“The most disrespectful s— anybody can do is touch your braids…He hit the bottom of my braids, like, ‘Calm down, little bro.’ He little bro’s me. He sonned me right there.
I’m like, ”What are you talking about? We got to play for your respect? No, I’m trying to come out here and tear you apart.’ [Bryant] was like, ‘Nah, you didn’t back down.
You went hard. I’m even hurting right now.’ He was like, ‘My chest hurting, my back hurting. I wanted to see if you were gonna stand the test of time.'”
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Carmelo tells the story of how he first earned the respect of Kobe.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 28, 2020