Mike D’Antoni says coaching Kobe is ‘like riding Secretariat’

Oct 18, 2013; Shanghai, China; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) in pre-game warm up against the Golden State Warriors at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Danny La-USA TODAY Sports

When asked about superstar Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni compared coaching him to riding a horse. Its more flattering than you think: D’Antoni elected to compare Bryant to Secretariat, who won Triple Crown in 1973.

Said D’Antoni:

Kobe is a unique individual and he is very headstrong. And one of the reasons why he’s been the best in the game, and will be and is, is that he is that way.


You are definitely not handling him, you are trying to work with him. And he has certain ideas and you take that away from him and then he becomes a little bit more normal. And he is anything but normal. So it’s a challenge but at the same time. It’s probably like riding Secretariat. I mean you get up there, there’s a lot of times all you are doing is riding. He’s carrying you. And Kobe’s carrying us a lot. Obviously you would like certain things to soften up but you can’t take away his spirit (ESPN).

D’Antoni continued on, talking until he was hoarse.

[Source: ESPN]

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Secretariat

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