Kobe Bryant and Nick Young’s personalities go together like oil and water. Or farts in an elevator. Or Lena Dunham and Dan Bilzerian.
Kobe is a sociopath who would sacrifice a Gerber baby for a game-winner, whereas Nick Young always has a smile on his face like he just took down a gravity bong and is watching Ratatouille on Blu-Ray.
This temperamental difference is why the two have toed the line between playfulness and ‘Kobe might kill this man’ since becoming teammates in 2013. Name one other player who would publicly poke the bear like this. Shaq never even did this shit.
The Mamba ultimately got the last laugh after his 60-point game to end his career. Nick Young approached him to sign his sneakers for an autograph and Kobe tossed them in the trash.
Young appeared on the Uninterrupted podcast to reveal more stories about how insanely competitive Bryant was and how flat-out verbally abusive he could be. Say a prayer for Jeremy Lin.
Nick Young: Nobody in the world can guard me.
Kobe: Lucky I’m not from this world.
Damn, Kobe. Let the man live.