Kobe Sees Killer Instinct in Kyrie Irving
The talk between Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving was bold over the summer, when video of the two discussing a $50,000 bet over a game of one-on-one went viral. But neither side has committed to facing the other in a pickup game that would surely draw national interest.
Despite the trash talk, Bryant has a deep respect for Irving’s game that was fostered during their time together over the summer with Team USA. Bryant was a member of the Olympic basketball team, while Irving was part of the Select team that scrimmaged the Americans daily for about a week.
“He works extremely hard and I was really impressed with him,” Bryant said of Irving. “He really came to play.
“A lot of kids grow up not really believing in themselves, but he seems to believe in himself. Whether it comes from where he comes from or just his character or how he’s built or a combination of his work ethic … he has that.”