JOHN STOCKTON, ON MEETING KARL MALONE:

"He’s just a country kid, and we’re in Salt Lake and I’m just a year into it [his career]. I said to him, ‘We could drive up into the mountains, that’s gorgeous. Or maybe we could…go to the zoo?’ And he said, ‘Zoo? Sounds good. Let’s go.’ So we had a beautiful afternoon there. Pretty peaceful. 

He wasn’t very recognizable at that time and I certainly wasn’t and we walked all around the zoo unaccosted and enjoyed the day looking at the animals.  We’ve been best of friends ever since. He’s a good man from a completely different area than I was and we both felt completely at ease talking to each other. It’s a relationship I’ve been really proud of for the past 30 years.”

"OK, I’VE SEEN ENOUGH."
That’s what Hall of Famer Jerry West said after watching Kobe Bryant workout with Laker legend Michael Cooper.  West’s scouting report was simple:
"Best workout I’ve ever seen. He’s better than anybody we have on the team right now. Let’s go."
From West’s memoir:  "When I said I had seen enough, I meant it. I knew who he was, and just from looking at his eyes, I knew what he wanted."
Larry Bird once called 5x champion, Michael Cooper, the best defender he ever faced.  Cooper’s assessment of Bryant after their head-to-head battle?
"Shit, this guy can play."
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"OK, I’VE SEEN ENOUGH."

That’s what Hall of Famer Jerry West said after watching Kobe Bryant workout with Laker legend Michael Cooper.  West’s scouting report was simple:

"Best workout I’ve ever seen. He’s better than anybody we have on the team right now. Let’s go."

From West’s memoir:  "When I said I had seen enough, I meant it. I knew who he was, and just from looking at his eyes, I knew what he wanted."

Larry Bird once called 5x champion, Michael Cooper, the best defender he ever faced.  Cooper’s assessment of Bryant after their head-to-head battle?

"Shit, this guy can play."

#GotEmCoach