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“I need you to show Kobe how badly you want to be here next year” — How Vanessa Bryant convinced Kobe Bryant’s teammates to buy Girl Scout cookies from their daughters

Vanessa Bryant shared a wholesome and sweet story about how Natalia became the highest-selling Girl Scout in Orange County.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa Bryant

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

Back when Kobe Bryant was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, his daughters Gianna and Natalia Bryant were barely teenagers. They were young girls, members of Girl Scouts in Orange County, where Bryant and his family lived. Bryant's daughters were occasionally tasked with several assignments as Girl Scouts, which Bryant (being a girl dad) would help them out with.

In episode 8 of Legacy: The true story of the Los Angeles Lakers documentary, Vanessa Bryant shared a wholesome and sweet story about how Kobe helped his daughters sell Girls Scout cookies to his teammates.

Selling cookies to the Lakers

Initially, the Bryants first walked into the Lakers facility requesting his teammates to buy the cookies, but unfortunately, only the rookies purchased a few boxes. So Vanessa thought of a brilliant plan to convince the other teammates to buy more cookies as well.

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"They're all shocked and one of the newbies bought a $4 box of cookies. I looked at Kobe. Kobe looks at me and we're like 'Yeah, that's not going to work.' So I grab the order form and I went to the guys and I said 'I need you to show him how badly you want to be here next year.' And they bought a s**t ton of cookies. So many cookies that Natalia was the highest-selling Girl Scout in Orange County," Vanessa shared in her appearance in the Lakers documentary.

How Kobe developed his leadership skills in the locker room

Speaking of the locker room, Bryant's leadership skills developed along with his skills and IQ on the court. He went from being an introverted player that hated hanging out with his teammates to leading by example and getting the best out of them during his time with the Lakers. It was in 2008 that Bryant turned into a leader that his teammates loved and respected.

"Coming back that next year (2009) from a leadership standpoint, he just was a more balanced, calm, relaxed due. Like, he still wanted to win and was obsessed about winning, but he started to process and understand just human interaction and relationships in a different way. I thought that made for a better leader. There was definitely a desire of 'Okay, let's figure out how we can get back to the top of this mountain,'" Derek Fisher, Bryant's co-captain, shared in the same documentary.

By the end of his career, Kobe became known for his leadership skills and ability to get the best out of his teammates. He entered the NBA with an ego but left the league as a better man, player, and leader who just wanted to pass the game on to the next generation and put it in good hands. 

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