Kobe Bryant Refers to Michael as His Mentor

I think we are all long past due for a nice heartwarming story, don’t you think? I was happy to have come across one on my daily ‘Michaeling” adventures that is sure to leave you with that certain sweet feeling in your heart, unless, you don’t like Kobe Bryant for some reason.

During a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Bryant tells exactly what part of he and Michael’s relationship really had an effect on him.

“It sounds weird, I guess, but it’s true. I was really mentored by the preparation of Michael Jackson. We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts. He would teach me what he did. How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a ‘Bad’ album, all the details that went into it. It was all the validation that I needed – to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did – and how he did it – was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown. That’s the mentality that I have – it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes. It’s from Michael Jackson.”

At the time, Bryant was only 18, and a newbie in the NBA. MJ, the sweet angel that he is, kept Bryant focused in an industry obsessed with brands. As you can see, the end result of Michael’s teachings helped created one of the greatest basketball players of recent times.   http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/kobe-bryant-reveals-his-mentor-michael-jackson-29270

This wasn’t the only time Kobe has spoken so fondly of Michael. Last year, Kobe gave a couple of words to the memory of his beloved friend, our beloved Michael.

His MJ recollections also involved this article he wrote for time magazine in remembrance of his friend shortly after Michael’s passing last year.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1907409_1907413,00.html

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