What It’s Like to Play with Kobe Bryant Through the Eyes of Past Teammates

What's it like to work with Kobe Bryant? What's it like to interact with one of the greatest and most competitive players in NBA history on a daily basis?

Depends on whom you ask.

Public perception would have it that, as far as personality is concerned, the self-described Black Mamba ranges anywhere between honest and demanding, strong-willed and strong-arming, forgivably bristly and brutally abrasive, selflessly dedicated to winning and selfishly concerned with individual pursuits.

Back in February of 2012, Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird told Grantland's Bill Simmons that of all the players in the NBA today, he'd most want to play with Kobe:

The answer isn't all that surprising when you consider Bird's interpretation of what Bryant brings to the table: the hard work he puts into honing his craft, his desire to win and his toughness.

He implied, though, that sharing a court with Kobe might not be as much "fun" as it would be to join forces with someone like, say, LeBron James.

More importantly, Larry Legend never had the chance to play with Kobe in any capacity. He's never been faced with the day-to-day concerns with which so many of Bryant's former (and current) associates are intimately familiar.

Kobe's peculiarities have always been of particular interest to those curious about what the five-time champion is like on a personal level. They returned to the forefront recently, when Dwight Howard decided to ditch the Los Angeles Lakers to join the Houston Rockets.

Shortly after officially signing with the Rockets, Howard told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that the two had their disagreements and that it was "very tough" playing with Kobe. However, he insisted that his relationship with Bryant had nothing to do with his flight to Space City and took responsibility for whatever issues he might've had with Kobe's "ball-hogging" habits:

To be sure, Dwight did...

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