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La légende NBA des Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, a laissé un souvenir impérissable à Tracy McGrady à Paris

The unlikely activities of Kobe Bryant at 18 in Paris

Accustomed to visiting Europe from an early age unlike most NBA players, Kobe Bryant spent the summer of his 18th birthday in Paris with a certain Tracy McGrady. On site, T-Mac was somewhat surprised by the activities of a Mamba… already in Mamba mode.

Far from the ghettos or peri-urban suburbs of the majority of his peers, Kobe Bryant had a privileged but eventful childhood. The young boy indeed followed his father Joe, a professional player, according to his various clubs. This is how the young Mamba got to know Italy, but also other countries during the summer holidays. One of them ? France, of course.

One summer, Kobe and his family invited a certain Tracy McGrady to come and enjoy Paris with them. Obviously, two young adults of 18 who discover the French capital must probably party endlessly, from Montmartre to the Champs-Elysées via Bastille, right? Well… not really.

Kobe Bryant’s studious vacation in Paris

Unlike T-Mac, who thought he was having a good time and letting go, Kobe was much more serious, and very little whimsical. This is what McGrady told the microphone of Alex Kennedy:

When I was in Paris with him, I saw his work ethic and understood who he was. He was always trying to measure 1-vs-1 against others he was competing against. I saw that he was very intelligent, and that he understood many things very quickly.

He had an incredible way of looking at life. When I was 18 I was in Paris with his parents and him, and all he did was watch karate movies and Michael Jordan videos. That’s all. To be around him and then see him have the career he did is just an icon and an inspiration to a whole generation of people.

The work ethic, already, even at 18, and a preference for the highlights of Michael Jordan at the hotel rather than the shots to drink in Paris: the famous Mamba Mentality was already very present from an early age for Kobe.

For the record, McGrady and Bryant obviously then found themselves on multiple occasions in the NBA. Across their many meetings, T-Mac averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists, while Bryant averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. But beyond the numbers, the back of the Rockets will be remembered as one of the rare players to have been able to stand up to the Kobe of the 2000s in mano a mano.

Kobe Bryant was simply born different, and this new account by Tracy McGrady attests to that. We still hope that the two men returned to Paris afterwards having more fun!

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