Jerry West compliments Kobe Bryant, calls him ‘special’

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Jerry West complimented Kobe Bryant by calling him a “special” player, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.com.

The tweet was posted on Jan. 14 by Trevor Lane of LakersNation.com. West recalls looking into the eyes of a young Bryant and seeing “something” in them that foreshadowed greatness. Lane’s tweet reads as follows:

Jerry West on young Kobe: “When you looked at him, there was something about his eyes that let you know there was something special there.”

Bryant, 37, now has five NBA titles, two scoring titles and 17 All-Star selections to his name, among other basketball accolades. His achievements throughout his professional playing career will get him into the Hall of Fame when he is retired.

West can now add “fortuneteller” to his own list of occupations. He is a Hall of Famer and NBA champion. He has been a coach and executive. He is also, of course, the NBA logo, too.

Like West before him, Bryant has only played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. West helped to bring Bryant to Los Angeles after he was drafted in 1996. The two men will forever be linked to one another.

Jerry Alan West was born on May 28, 1938 in Chelyan, W.Va. He attended East Bank High School in East Bank, W.Va. He played college basketball at West Virginia University. He was selected by the Lakers in the first round of the 1960 NBA Draft. He is 77 years old.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on Aug. 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. He is playing in his 20th and final NBA season.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.


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