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Five years after the Lakers legend's final game, his former teammate joined the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to discuss a number of topics, including his relationship with Bryant and the last time he saw him before his passing. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
- What was it like playing aside Kobe Bryant, and what's your fondest memory of him?
ADAM MORRISON: You'll be around great players your whole life, if you get to the level I have, and you make connections with people. And Kobe was one of those special guys that was a self-made player, and usually, I think the average fan thinks when guys are in the league, that they are-- the wand just goes like that. And you automatically are athletically gifted, and everything's-- Kobe, literally, was a self-made player.
That's what I've always respected about him the most, and what I mean by that was when you get to the league, everybody's trying to squeeze out the last 2% to 5% out of yourselves. You're already really good aside from the really raw, young guys that can really improve. But guys are pretty much kind of what you are, and you're trying to just squeeze out that last 2% to 5%.
And he was always trying to do that, and he was always trying to get better. Just his competitiveness was-- you know, I've never seen anything like it. And then I've seen him roll his ankles, break his finger, separate his shoulder, like there was no pain. You know what I mean? So the toughness aspect with him was incredible. And then for me, personally, he was always good to me, man.
He really was. On national television, national media, he always defended me. He didn't have to do it. He sent me a jersey one time that I still have that was special to me that he went out of his way to get for me without me asking him, and the last time I saw him was at his 60 point game.
I got him a gift. He goes, great gift, man, great gift. And he just laughs, and then I went and chatted with him after the game. You know, it was just good to see him.