Former Lakers guard Kendall Marshall on Playing With Kobe Bryant: “You see a superstar and you expect him to be different and standoffish”

Kendall Marshall and Kobe Bryant. Photo Credit: The Source Magazine

Appearing on Scoop B Radio, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kendall Marshall chatted with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson about his playing career and playing alongside Kobe Bryant. Press Play Below.

Former Lakers guard Kendall Marshall and retired Lakers guard Kobe Bryant both have something in common: they were both selected 13th in their respective draft.

Marshall was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Lakers after a stint with the Washington Wizards. While with the Lakers a couple of years back, Marshall became the first Laker to deliver at least 20 points and 15 assists in a game against the Utah Jazz. The last Laker to accomplish that feat was Bryant.

Bryant, the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA, won five rings with the Lakers and closed his career with a heroic 60-point game againt the Utah Jazz to cap off his career.   

What’s it like to play with the Black Mamba?

“Well for one, you see a superstar and you expect him to be different and standoffish,” Kendall Marshall told me on Scoop B Radio.“But when he’s with the team and on the flights, he’s just one of the guys. That’s something that I can appreciate. I don’t know that there’s a lot of superstars that are like that.”

Kobe Bryant shooting a fadeaway in the NBA Finals. Photo Credit: Interbasket

Although retired, it has been pretty well documented that Bryant is particular on how he prepares for big game matchups. “Being around the team, the coaching staff and the trainers, you hear about his work ethic, you hear stories,” Marshall told me.

“That’s not something that I was familiar with. But to see it or hear it first hand, that’s something that I appreciated. Last but not least, his straightforward approach. He always says what he feels. That’s something that I appreciate. You don’t want somebody to sugarcoat what they’re thinking.”  

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit