Jalen Rose remembers facing off against Kobe Bryant

In 2006, Bryant scored a historic 81 points against the Raptors, which Rose played for. Rose described Bryant’s death as a “devastating loss to humanity.”
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Welcome back to our special tribute to Kobe Bryant. He loved his purple and gold this is the Santa Monica Pier. And as you can see fares will. Put up at Laker colors colors purple and gold. We're joined now by our ESPN colleague Tim and rose who played against Kobe in that astonishing game where Kobe scored 81 points Jalen think you. So much for being with us this evening as a typical one for for many up us what what what's it like being on the court is facing off. Against Kobe Bryant. Robin. Kobe Bryant embodied. What are considered the best of both worlds he was in this ascent to compete again as he was a nightmare I don't know floor. But he was also disciplined intelligent. Culture and well rid. There is no accident that he has two numbers. Retired at the Staples Center and as somebody that lived in LA his entire career and also worked in the media. He got a chance to work out what Helm at UCLA. Play against him in the NBA finals. And as you mention plague has some of their historic 81 point game and watched him score sixty points in his final NBA game. It just continue to. Push what dynamics of greatness Kobe Bryant had an as a seventeen year old when he said he was going to be the greatest of all time. There was so many people snicker rent but he got as close to Michael Jordan has anybody ever will. Jalen not always adored but universally respected what's one example of his fame this competitive drive. That you saw beyond the 81. Kobe Bryant uniquely embody all of the cliches. Many old school people hope. Happier with current day athletes and sports. Like having that killer instinct competing on a nightly basis. Warning to get better each practice each game not for recognizing what the opponents. And continuing to push the envelope a what excellence really was of the five time champion. A multi time all star. And their retirement. And Michael would tell you it's always refreshing to see how apt please reinvent themselves. And as an academy a war winners CMB a father of four. And now husband Dole's. Our heartfelt long list. We hope to see all of our family of Freres. In particular are icons get a chance to be grandparents and get a chance to be elderly. And there was so many more things for Kobe Bryant to give the world and there's been a devastating loss for humanity. And definitely has been jailed and we want to thank you so much for your time. The really appreciated.

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