Kendall Marshall, a member of the NBA Developmental League’s Reno Bighorns, played with Kobe Bryant when he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers a couple of years ago.
Marshall chatted with me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast about his time in Los Angeles and how much more human he appeared to be. “Well for one, you see a superstar and you expect him to be different and standoffish,” said Marshall.
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“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.”
Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, Marshall was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Lakers after a stint with the Washington Wizards. While with the Lakers, Marshall became the first Laker to deliver at least 20 points and 15 assists a game against the Utah Jazz. The last Laker to do that was Bryant.
“Being around the team, the coaching staff and the trainers, you hear about his work ethic, you hear stories,” Marshall said on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “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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