Kobe Bryant warned Luka Doncic before he played in NBA!

Luka Doncic came on the JJ Redick podcast (The Old Man and the Three) and opened up about a lot of things. One of them was the late great Kobe Bryant’s warning regarding the NBA.

Luka Doncic and Kobe Bryant always had a great relationship. One of the more iconic moments was when Luka was inbounding the ball in a game, someone was insulting him Slovenian. Surprised Luka turned around only to see Kobe and his wonderful daughter Gianna (Gigi) Bryant. Kobe passed away along with his daughter soon after that in a tragic helicopter crash.

Luka Doncic recently made an appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast and opened up about a lot of things. His career, the NBA and Euro league comparison, him complaining to the referees a lot, and much more. But one of the stories no one had heard till now was the fact that Kobe Bryant had met Luka right after he was drafted and told him that his journey in the NBA was going to be difficult.


Luka said that he had met Kobe in Portland as a part of a Nike camp and Bryant’s exact words to him were,’ Watch out, they’re gonna come after you because you’re from Europe. They’re gonna try and go after you.’ Luka said that it was true and players did target him just because he was a European player in the NBA. Fortunately, it did not affect the young superstar all that much and he has continued to be great throughout his NBA career.

Kobe’s advice came from his own experiences when he left Italy to come to the United States. Having dealt with that adversity, no one could have guided Luka concerning his situation. Luka has since then evolved into one of the best players in the league. He is in the MVP conversation right now because of how he has led the Mavericks throughout the season.

Kobe Bryant’s death hurt not only the NBA world but fans across the world. The Black Mamba continues to live on through his children, his guidance to players across the league, and through his Mamba Mentality that he was willing to share with the world. Kobe shall forever remain immortal in our hearts and basketball history.