The late Kobe Bryant is unquestionably one of the greatest basketball players of all time and became a major inspiration for not just a generation of basketball players, but an entire generation of young athletes.
So why then on Wednesday, as the Eagles opened training camp, did Nick Sirianni show his Eagles a video of Bryant’s worst moment in the NBA?
The message was loud and clear.
“He was just trying to show that even the great ones have failures,” Lane Johnson said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter who you are in this league. It’s all about how you handle adversity, how you bounce back. And if you have a bad rep, then move on to the next one and do your best and try to have a short-term memory.”
The video Sirianni showed his team came from Game 5 of the 1997 Western Conference semifinals between the Lakers and the Jazz. Kobe was still an 18-year-old rookie back then and shot four airballs within a span of just a few minutes as the Lakers lost a must-win game and were bounced from the playoffs.
In a win-or-go home game, Kobe shot one airball to end regulation and three more in overtime. The Lakers lost the game 98-93 and lost the series 4-1.
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