Clippers rookie confirms his Kobe Bryant connection

Kobe Brown #21 of the LA Clippers plays against Utah Jazz during the third quarter of a 2023 NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center on July 08, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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It seems like almost every young player in the NBA today grew up watching and worshiping Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who made his mark on the league during his two decades wearing the purple and gold.

Many players have been inspired by Bryant and what he accomplished on and off the field before his tragic passing in 2020. Some of the NBA players going on to sport the five-time NBA champion’s name include Los Angeles Clippers rookie Kobe Brown is also included.

Brown, who was selected 30th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft by the Clippers, gave a postgame interview during NBA Summer League and was asked if he was named after the late Hall of Famer.

The newcomer to the Clippers didn’t hesitate to confirm via ClutchPoints that he was indeed named after the NBA icon.

Brown will likely be one of many to share the name of a Lakers legend in the years to come, as Bryant left quite the legacy he brought back with his incredible 60-point final against the Utah Jazz in 2016.

For a Clippers rookie, Brown put on a Kobe-like performance as he dropped 35 points against the Philadelphia 76ers while going 7-for-10 from beyond the arc to help Los Angeles pull off an 11-point victory over the 76ers.

With the Clippers lacking depth in the backcourt, it will be interesting to see if Brown can cement his place in the team’s rotation next season and make a real impact for Los Angeles during the 2023-24 campaign.

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