Kevin Durant is a massive Kobe Bryant fan. The Golden State Warriors‘ star has not been shy about the fact that he loves the Laker legend, as he has revealed that he views Kobe as “a god” and has gotten gear from him in the past when the two have faced off prior to the Black Mamba’s retirement.
The two famously went out for lunch during Kobe’s final season in the NBA. Both sides were famously coy about what they talked about, but during a media availability after a Warriors’ shootaround, Durant revealed the advice that he got from his childhood hero.
It wasn’t anything crazy, as Kobe taught Durant about the importance of curiosity on and off the court.
“Just always learn and grow,” Durant said. “Always be a sponge and be curious. Whether it’s about the game, or like I said, off the court, on the court, just be curious and always grow, always want to grow as a man, as a person, as a player. It’s pretty easy to see that when you’re meeting Kobe.”
Durant will be in attendance for Kobe’s jersey retirement on Monday night, as it is happening during halftime of the Lakers’ matchup with Golden State. It’s safe to guess that if he has his way, the Warriors will take up Jeanie Buss’ offer to chill out on the sideline and watch the ceremony.