Dwyane Wade’s Amazing Story Of His First Matchup Against Kobe Bryant

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Dwyane Wade’s Amazing Story Of His First Matchup Against Kobe Bryant


On Monday night, Kobe Bryant had both his jerseys (#8;#24) retired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season, is one of the greatest players to ever play this game. He will go down as one of the best shooting guards in NBA history (most likely #2 behind Michael Jordan). Bryant’s successor and possibly the third best shooting guard in NBA history, Dwyane Wade, now shared his favorite Kobe Bryant story via ‘Uninterrupted’. It is the story of Wade’s first game against Kobe Bryant.


“My first game vs. Kobe and I wind up getting switched off on him, and when I was guarding him he was just like making all these noises. And I’m like he ain’t worried, he has no concern, nothing. I’m out there, my mind is racing, my heart is pounding, and he out here like (makes whistling noises) bucket, (makes noises again) bucket. That was one of my first encounters guarding Kobe, and he hit his first shot on me. Came up, pull up three. You just remember all these moments.

“A story I told him, that first game I got a chance to rip him, I stripped him, I went down and scored. We lost by like 30 easy, but that moment for me was huge. I called back all my friends, all my family, I was like yo, I ripped Kobe tonight! Ya’ll see it? In Kobe world, I don’t think I was a blip on his radar yet. In my world, that steal was huge.”


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