Kobe Bryant is right near the top of the list when it comes to the greatest competitors of all time. Mike Brown would know.
The Warriors assistant coached against Bryant for years and even served as his head coach for a year-plus. Brown will never forget his time around Kobe, for many reasons. His intensity might have been second to none.
“I don’t know if there’s a guy that I’ve ever been around that was as intense and focused as Kobe Bryant," Brown told Michelle Tafoya on “Sports Uncovered: My favorite Kobe story." "For him to be able to be as locked in as he was all the time, that in itself was absolutely amazing.”
The 2011-12 Los Angeles Lakers finished with the best record in the Pacific Division when Brown coached Bryant. Their 41-25 regular-season record was the third-best in the West that year. Bryant averaged 27.9 points per game and was named First-Team All-NBA. But the Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.
Brown was fired just six games into the next season.
Brown has coached LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and many other greats. None were quite like Kobe, though.