Despite being one of the greatest to ever grace an NBA court, back in 1998, Kobe Bryant was nothing more than a talented rookie fresh off his senior year in high school.
And make no mistake, former Los Angeles Lakers players took advantage of that.
According to TMZ and Cedric Ceballos, former players like Eddie Jones (and Ceballos himself) used to haze Bryant by making him chase balls down, get bags off the plane in the freezing cold or make food runs – at 2 A.M. But it wasn’t just current players harassing Kobe (who apparently took it all in stride) as Laker legends like James Worthy, Kareem and Wilt Chamberlain all gave Bryant grief.
“We’d make him chase balls into the stands of the huge arenas, or take bags off the plane in the freezing cold. Or we’d say, ‘I need coffee from Starbucks and donuts from Krispy Kreme’ — and it’d be 2am in a town we just arrived in.”