Yes, and one of the funniest things I remember came after Kobe’s first summer league game in Long Beach. He had just scored somewhere around 27 or 31 points playing against grown men, and after the game, I asked him how it went for him. He said, “That was easier than I thought.” I knew then that this guy had something special about him. He just had this confidence about him that nobody was going to stop him.
- Ryan West on growing up under his father Jerry’s scouting wing.