Kobe Bryant was not only one of the greatest in the game, but was also one of the very few players who could actually substantiate their speech. In this particular anecdote, The Black Mamba had a verbal altercation with Luis Scola in Spanish at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Kobe bryant was one of the most unique players the game has ever witnessed. Without a doubt, the Black Mamba were among the greatest players of all time. His insane obsession with winning, his pure competitive spirit and his passion to be the best version of himself at all times were what set him apart from his opponents.
Bean has dedicated countless hours in the gym honing his craft, helping him reach the top of the game. For this reason, Bryant is one of the most accomplished players of all time. The Lakers star has left the game as an 18-time All-Star, 12-time All-Defensive, 15-time All-NBA, 5-time NBA champion, 2-time Finals MVP, 2008 MVP, and was recently a entered in the prestigious Hall of Fame.
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Kobe was truly a generational talent and a whole different breed. He would love to talk about trash with his opponents and end up embarrassing them after receiving buckets or soaking them. This time, the Mamba spoke to Luis Scola, in Spanish, at the Olympic Games.
“I love him, Luis Scola, that’s how I love him”: Kobe Bryant speaks trash, in Spanish, to Luis Scola
Bryant was part of the “Exchange the teamThat Team USA sent to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Alongside Kobe were several other future Hall-Of-Famers and megastars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh among many other legends.
The United States suffered a disappointing loss to Argentina at the Athens Games in 2004, which is why the American team sought revenge. After remaining unbeaten until the semifinals, Kobe and co. against an Argentine team led by Luis Scola. The South American team were hoping to give the United States a back-to-back loss in the Olympic semi-finals, however, Kobe Bryant had different plans.
Throughout the match, the two teams went back and forth. And in terms of chatter, Kobe and Scola got down to it in the first trimester itself. Bryant, who had learned Spanish because of his wife Vanessa, decided to speak trash in Luis’ mother tongue. While Chris Bosh went to the charity strip almost halfway through the first quarter, Bean laughed at the big man:
“(In Spanish) I like Scola, that’s how I like him,” Bryant mocked Luis.
“Speak in English, you do that better”, replied Scola.
“I’ll show you what language I speak… I’ll make sure you understand this,” Kobe replied.
As things were too cheerful between the two, LeBron decided to join us and calm the Lakers superstar down. LBJ said:
“I got it (Luis Scola), I got it. This is Kobe. That’s it.”
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And Kobe decided to respond in the classic Kobe way. The next play, Bryant managed to lock down an Argentinian in defense, forcing a turnover, and ended the play with an emphatic dunk. Bryant had the last laugh by dropping 12 points in a huge 101-81 semi-final victory over the Argentines. And finally bring the gold medal back to his country, after beating Spain in the final.
This is just one of many anecdotes showing Kobe’s incredible antics on the pitch. Obviously, there can never be another player like the late Kobe Bryant.