Kobe Bryant thought Nick Young was faking his injury.
legend is known as one of the toughest basketball players ever. He expected his teammates to be on his level. So much so that he once called soft for breaking his thumb.
Nick Young .
Diehard Mamba fans probably expected such crazy antics from Kobe. The man played with various injuries during his career. The most prominent one was when he tore his Achilles heel and drained two free throws before checking out of the game.
Also, there was one time when he asked Lakers trainer Gary Vitti to pop his dislocated finger back in. It was a tedious and glorious sight to behold. It proves how tough Kobe really was.
The incident made it seem like Bryant hated Young’s guts. But the truth is, Bryant looked out for Young like a little brother. When the Nick Young-D’Angelo Russell-Iggy Azalea broke out, that we should also take to heart.
Young told DJ Vlad.
On the court, Bryant wanted his teammates to be as tough as him, if not tougher. And being physical and playing mental games with them was his way of developing their mettle. But with regard to off-the-court issues, Bryant did not play such games. He told you exactly what you needed to do.