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“The insight he gave us was great” — Jordan Clarkson reveals what Kobe Bryant taught him during a special training session

This is the last thing you'd think Kobe Bryant would emphasize.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant talks to guard Jordan Clarkson

Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson

What do most NBA players do when they get the chance to play with the legendary Kobe Bryant? Try to pick up as many tricks as possible. And that’s exactly what Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson did ever since he met the late Los Angeles Lakers icon.

Making the most of it

When Clarkson arrived in LA in 2014, Bryant was already in his twilight years and recovering from his Achilles injury. But for Clarkson, it’s still a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the greatest players of all time, so he made the most out of it.

Bryant finally called it a career in 2016, and Clarkson was shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018. Nevertheless, not one bit has changed in their friendship as the two stayed in touch with one another.

After retiring, Bryant kept himself busy with an array of things, including holding a few training sessions at his Mamba Sports Academy. The main facility was near Clarkson’s home in Woodland Hills, California. As expected, he grabbed the opportunity to be mentored by Kobe in a special two-day summer training session in the academy.

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Those were like the best two days of my summer,” Clarkson told Cleveland.com in 2019. “He sat us down and we had a whole schedule. I feel like those two days I learned so much and it was great. Amazing process.

What did Clarkson learn?

You know that it wouldn’t be just a pep talk or a motivational lecture when Kobe is training you. Given Bryant’s commitment to hard work, Clarkson was well aware that the lessons from the five-time NBA champion would be precise and absolutely helpful during games.

According to Clarkson, Bryant taught him how to get “an assist to get another assist.” He said that the Lakers legend also shared a few tips on setting up his teammates and a couple of pick and roll plays.

The insight he gave us was great,” Clarkson revealed. “[Kobe] He showed us how to make the game easier. One big thing he was hitting on was getting an assist to get another assist. It was stuff like that. Showing you how to set up guys, play in the pick and roll. It was everything. He was coaching and basically broke everything down for us.

Clarkson added that the training sessions with Bryant did not end in that two days, and Black Mamba was “nothing but a phone call away.” Sadly, Kobe died the following year, and now, we can only imagine how many more NBA players he could’ve helped.

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