Raja Bell hosted on the episode of Kanell & Bell and defended his arch-rival Kobe Bryant and his coaching strategies that raised a lot of attention from the media in recent days.
Kobe Bryant is coaching his daughter’s basketball team and posted a photo after his team won fourth place which in his mind wasn’t a success especially after one girl went to a dance recital rather than a basketball game. In Kobe’s mind that was a big issue because she didn’t dedicate completely to achieve the goal entire team prepared for months. Since a lot of people saw his post and read his opinion on the matter, some people thought he was too harsh towards the kid who missed out.
View this post on Instagram
Here’s our fourth place “winners” picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time, meaning she enjoyed dance more than ball which is fine. Now? She eats sleeps and breaths the game. So from this original group of 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and a player who’s family moved here from Tennessee. The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues #mambas #2yearsago
Raja Bell who is also coaching his kid’s basketball team believes young players and teams should be awarded based on the amount of work and dedication they put in. Bell found himself in a similar situation like Kobe Bryant several times and knows that teaching kids from an early age that you should follow your passion whatever that is but you must expect a lot of adversity and challenge.
“Why would anyone have a beef with Kobe just explaining that 7th player wasn’t there at the time. It was a fact, she chooses the recital over a basketball game and he didn’t say anything derogatory about dance or anything like that.”