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20 Years of Kobe Bryant on Media Day: From Student to Master

Published on September 29th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 4,615 views

During Kobe Bryant’s 20th media day, the 17 x All-Star talked about the excitement of getting back on the floor and working with the young Lakers – like rookie D’Angelo Russell – and showing them what he’s learned over his career.

“I’m excited to be back on the court. I’m excited to be out there with the young players who are starting their careers, starting their journeys. I’m excited to help them out and kind of show them things I’ve learned.”

Now flashback to 1996 when Kobe Bryant was a rookie himself – coming off a wrist injury – talking about the excitement of learning from vets.

“I’ve been waiting to go out and compete with guys like Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones and Cedric Ceballos,” said a recently turned 18 year old Kobe Bryant. “But, I’m really excited to have a chance and learn from them.”

Now doesn’t that make you excited to hear what Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson have to say on media day 10 years from now?

Here’s a couple more media day memories during the career of arguably the greatest Laker of all-time.

2003: KOBE WITH THE MAILMAN AND THE GLOVE

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2005: KOBE WITH KWAME BROWN

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2006: KOBE WITH LAMAR ODOM

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2008: KOBE WITH GASOL & BYNUM

Pau Gasol with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum during Media Day 2008

2009: KOBE ON DEFENDING A TITLE

2010: SASHA VUJACIC FLYING IN THE BACKGROUND

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2011: KOBE ON THE DEPARTURE OF LAMAR ODOM

“I don’t like it. It’s hard to see one of my friends and one of our great players go somewhere, especially for nothing.”

2012: KOBE ON DWIGHT AND NASH

2012: THIS IS MY TEAM

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2013: KOBE ON RECOVERY

2014:  KOBE TAKES A FUNNY SHOT AT NICK YOUNG

2015: FROM STUDENT TO MASTER

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