"OK, I’VE SEEN ENOUGH."
That’s what Hall of Famer Jerry West said after watching Kobe Bryant workout with Laker legend Michael Cooper. West’s scouting report was simple:
"Best workout I’ve ever seen. He’s better than anybody we have on the team right now. Let’s go."
From West’s memoir: "When I said I had seen enough, I meant it. I knew who he was, and just from looking at his eyes, I knew what he wanted."
Larry Bird once called 5x champion, Michael Cooper, the best defender he ever faced. Cooper’s assessment of Bryant after their head-to-head battle?
"Shit, this guy can play."
I don’t want to say I’ll be back at the top of my game because everybody is going to think I’m crazy and it’s an old player not letting go sort of thing, but that’s what it’s going to be.
I feel fine. I’m disappointed I can’t get out there to play and perform, but at the same time, you just have to be realistic, and go from there.
Kobe and I had a great friendship while I was there, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to miss him. I appreciate his support throughout the years. I can’t lie, I’m going to miss him.
Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.
I love what I do. I enjoy it. That’s the secret.
I respect his opinion. He’s a champion. A lot of people might dislike what he says at times but he’s a champion. We play this game to be champs and that’s why I took everything he said with me to heart.