Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson: The 10 Weirdest Influences in NBA History

Athletes are often considered one of a kind, but almost every athlete has some sort of mentor or influence.

Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. And many athletes can identify a special person who provided what they needed to develop as a person and an athlete.

Some of these are obvious like on the Chicago Bulls the last few years with Lindsay Hunter teaching Derrick Rose the ropes of the NBA. These are the kind of mentors we often hear about and that everyone says are so valuable.

However, there are other influences in the NBA that are a little different. There are many NBA players with influences outside the NBA that affect their careers on and off the court.

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