How Kobe Bryant HELPED Giannis Antetokounmpo Become An NBA MVP (Ft. Workouts, Sad Boi Days)

Mar 27, 2020
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA MVP, but Kobe Bryant helped him be just that.
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We gotta go back to Giannis’s rookie year in the 2013-2014 season. Here’s an 18 year old complete prospect from Greece at the 15th pick. He was 6’9” and the most mysterious player in the draft. Giannis couldn’t do much, just run out, catch lobs, and finish, but he knew that himself. That meant he had to outwork everyone, he had to develop the fundamentals that everyone else had. See here is when he really didn’t have any skill, maybe Harden was talking about 2013 Giannis.
So apparently one of the assistant coaches thought that Giannis wasn’t working hard enough. Instead of getting mad, he started crying. He said “You can tell me I’m not doing the right things. But you cannot tell me this. I won’t accept it.”
Through the seasons, Giannis’s work ethic was becoming legendary. His teammates would start saying that his work ethic is really like Kobe and Jordan. The 2015-16 season was special. Yeah it’s the Cavs coming back from 3-1, it’s Curry’s unanimous MVP season in which he straight up destroyed the league, but it was also Kobe Bryant’s last year. Till that point, Giannis and Kobe hadn’t shared a court together. Kobe had been injured each time the Bucks played the Lakers, but this time, this season, they would play twice.
Apparently, Giannis was too scared to talk to Kobe. His assistant coach tried to get Giannis to go over to Kobe, but in his terms, he just wasn’t “used” to him yet. He had gotten used to Kevin Durant and LeBron, but Kobe was still this legend in his mind. On February 22, 2016, Giannis was transitioning to a point guard. This would be the last time Giannis would face off against Kobe and he put on a show. He had a triple double scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists along with a win. And after the game the two embraced. The two would meet in the locker rooms after so Giannis’s family could meet Kobe and so that they could continue talking. He obviously told Giannis to keep working, that sometimes players take a night off, but the great players don’t take a single day off. He told him that summer time was the most important to improve, especially when you have to add new parts to the game. The thing that stuck with Giannis was just how many shots Kobe takes. Giannis shot about 500 shots a day, Kobe would take 1000. Giannis said that he would have to take 1001 shots a day to surpass him.
That was right before his breakout season next year in which he became an All-Star and the most improved player. During the 2017 Summer, Kobe was sending out challenges to people as part of a Nike Mamba Mentality promotional campaign. Giannis didn’t get one so he asked for one on twitter and Kobe replied with MVP. That just speaks to the volumes of potential Kobe saw in Giannis. In February of 2018, Giannis said he wanted to work with Kobe and pick his brain. Giannis turned down offers to work with LeBron and KD because he didn’t want to work with other current NBA stars and be buddy-buddy with his competition. And eventually in the summer of 2018, Giannis and Kobe would do a workout together. Giannis really sometimes is like a kid and that’s something he took from Kobe. Kobe wanted Giannis to ask as many questions as possible, to not be limited in thought.
Kobe also told him to perfect moves, to make sure that whatever he does, even if it’s not a whole variety, is perfect so you can rely on that in the game, something that Giannis took to heart. Again, Giannis has skill.
Am I saying that Kobe is the sole reason that Giannis is the player he is today? Heck no, Giannis has had this work ethic, this drive that already drew comparisons, but after every sort of advice session Giannis had with Kobe, he took another step mentally. Kobe had players like Jordan, Jerry West, Bill Russell to turn to not only figure out certain skills, but figure out mental aspects of the game, the intangibles.
Giannis would become the MVP in 2019, completing the challenge that Kobe had laid out for him. This relationship isn’t really talked about as much as Kobe and Kyrie or even Kobe and Wiggins, but it definitely had an impact on Giannis and his outlook of the game. Giannis didn’t just work hard, he worked smartly, you can feel the Mamba Mentality when you watch Giannis play, so yeah Kobe helped Giannis become the player he is today and that is amazing. But what do you think? Should Giannis win his second MVP? Who are other players with the Mamba mentality?

  • Who's the MVP of this season? Go to to get a free trial and 10% off your first purchase Follow my twitter to get through basketball withdrawal @MJ2KALLDAY

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY6 months ago
    • Giannis have to be BtoB MVP, it's not even close. He bring everything the bucks need in him, even more. Is the reigning MVP and he's still improving.

      leflashcourneuveleflashcourneuve2 months ago
    • Giannis anteokumpo

      Alyssa AzzubaidiAlyssa Azzubaidi2 months ago
    • Ja Morant

      Jo Jo WagnerJo Jo Wagner3 months ago
    • AAY-V utouyoutooyuyuoyô

      Aaron RattlesnakeAaron Rattlesnake3 months ago
    • Happy b day

      Jonathan VerdeciaJonathan Verdecia4 months ago
  • who's here after giannis won back to back mvp?

    Noah AnayaNoah Anaya17 hours ago
  • Damn man i miss kobe.and giannis is gonna b the next one up with those crazy workout sessions thats how u become the best

    unofreazunofreaz15 days ago
  • Glad Giannis got that picture with Kobe I’m sure he’s glad aswell rest easy bean.

    A̳e̳s̳t̳h̳e̳t̳i̳c̳A̳e̳s̳t̳h̳e̳t̳i̳c̳Month ago
  • RIP KOBE AND GIGI 🙏🏽❤️💯🔏

    Verifyed-GVerifyed-G2 months ago
  • Mvp

    Paulkramer23Paulkramer232 months ago
  • Kobe was jordans baby and they are mamba babies rest up my brother bryant you will forever be remembered

    give all glory To god the time is Now!give all glory To god the time is Now!2 months ago
  • LeBron MVP

    Tres MumfordTres Mumford2 months ago
  • im the same if i get mad i put my headphones on and playbasketball

    Savanna SauerweinSavanna Sauerwein2 months ago
  • 1001 great topic

    homeless19802000homeless198020002 months ago
  • 1001

    FUN SANTUYFUN SANTUY2 months ago
  • 1001

    Gianfranco TrincheseGianfranco Trinchese2 months ago
  • Back to back... cap it off with a ring this time

    E-MANE-MAN2 months ago
  • I love how mj don’t bandwag Kobe he just act normal

    XxxtatecionxxXXxxtatecionxxX2 months ago
  • What it up dude ballers player it ur boy mj

    XxxtatecionxxXXxxtatecionxxX2 months ago
  • Stupid video, everyone knows giannis game... 1000 shots a day for what? Fuck outta here

    williamzmatoswilliamzmatos2 months ago
  • lmao anyone else hear kobe bron at 3:45

    Oblivion SkyOblivion Sky2 months ago
  • I think giannis could have the skill set of Kobe and shaq. He has that kind of potential and game

    Dr DonutDr Donut2 months ago
  • That Harden edit🤣🤣💀

    Chapter - HereChapter - Here2 months ago
  • what does sad boi days mean

    Matthew ColittiMatthew Colitti2 months ago
  • Giannis for MVP my dudes

    Isaac SheltonIsaac Shelton2 months ago
  • 1001

    Alfred The duckAlfred The duck2 months ago
  • People act like giannis wasn’t horrible 5-6 years

    Alfred The duckAlfred The duck2 months ago
  • 1:45 why Giannis last name spelt like that lol.

    JCKJCK2 months ago
  • Mamba Mentality 💛💜🐍

    Mo EtMo Et2 months ago
  • I think Luka has a mamba mentality look at how much of a killer he is and it's only his second season

    Alex EvansAlex Evans2 months ago
  • How has this account not hit 1M subs

    Samuel CardenasSamuel Cardenas3 months ago
  • R.I.P young Mamba and Mamba 🐍Kobe a goat

    uhhh Nexiauhhh Nexia3 months ago
  • God is the ultimate power and our savior

    uhhh Nexiauhhh Nexia3 months ago
  • 1001

    Troy StoneTroy Stone3 months ago
  • Akumpo

    Mateo CoppersMateo Coppers3 months ago
  • 1001

    SUPANOVA 35SUPANOVA 353 months ago
  • 1001

    Shingi NyabeziShingi Nyabezi3 months ago
  • I came from the future and see giannis will win 4 RINGS in Boston Celtics!

    MAD speciesTvMAD speciesTv3 months ago
  • this is one of my favorite video of all time. RIP Kobe

    Joseph KJoseph K3 months ago
  • Kobe was doing so much to pave the game forward and teach those who wanted to learn and get better. I'm really glad players took advantage of one of the greatest basketball minds to ever live. RIP BEAN 😢 💔

    Edward GarciaEdward Garcia3 months ago
  • Him and dame would be deadly

    Marcus- XXLMarcus- XXL3 months ago
  • Man giannis is the actual GOAT

    Abdalla Abu KhaznehAbdalla Abu Khazneh3 months ago
  • I started crying after I watch this video because nba will miss Kobe who loves to help young players to be better. RIP Mamba!!

    kidd32888kidd328883 months ago
  • 1001

    CNBS COTECNBS COTE3 months ago
  • 1001

    Soloصقر Mo اليمنSoloصقر Mo اليمن3 months ago
  • I’ve heard Kobe shot 2000 a day

    Josiah Van SwolJosiah Van Swol3 months ago
  • 1001

    Tanya KeutchogueTanya Keutchogue3 months ago
  • Rip legend man

    Liam BujimansLiam Bujimans3 months ago
  • 1001

    Ella WrldElla Wrld3 months ago
  • They had to lock him out to stop him from working. That's extra mega super crazy...

    Nam DiNam Di3 months ago
  • Lebron mvp in my opinion

    JalJal3 months ago
    • Ain't nobody ask

      sail wizardsail wizard2 months ago
  • You forgot to say about last year when giannis won mvp kobe challenged him to win a ring.

    Kon Dem20Kon Dem203 months ago
  • The other players with mamba mentality are (other than Giannis) Jimmy Butler Kawhi

    Mikael HallMikael Hall3 months ago
  • when giannas . starts doing 3s is the NBA . he will become the best player ever

    hoffek johnhoffek john4 months ago
  • 1001

    Tony ToribioTony Toribio4 months ago
  • Rip Kobe 🙏💔

    Tony ToribioTony Toribio4 months ago
  • Kobe Bryant, "the most skilled player in history." Please. MJ, Magic? Just because he died doesn't mean we have to delude ourselves.

    Jordan EisenmanJordan Eisenman4 months ago
  • Jayson Tatum is another guy who worked with Kobe pretty regularly and it shows in his mid-range and overall game how Kobe helped him. Like Giannis, Tatum's work ethic and skills were already there, Kobe just helped Tatum fine-tune those skills to another level.

    Zayne simard mooreZayne simard moore4 months ago
  • Zion is a freak no doubt he will get MVP

    Reuben KassongoReuben Kassongo4 months ago
    • Keep on dreaming bro

      sail wizardsail wizard2 months ago
  • It’s special to be willing to listen and he was lucky enough to have a great teacher for him. It takes two.

    Steve ChavezSteve Chavez4 months ago
  • 1001❤

    Davis SebastianDavis Sebastian4 months ago
  • 1001

    NotKing_PlayzNotKing_Playz4 months ago
  • Yo MJ, what do those initials stand for?

    Aadil MalikAadil Malik4 months ago
  • 1001

    Bash120Bash1204 months ago
  • Akunpo your Literally 12'3 id be Working with Kobe if i was that tall

    TS PARATS PARA4 months ago
  • Theyre pretty similar , both were whack as rookies

    C -A elpirTC -A elpirT4 months ago
  • Makes sense Giannis used to watch kobe’s highlights before.

    Carl BascoCarl Basco4 months ago
  • DAMN i am a way bigger giannis fan after This, wait for me. I. Will. Get. There.

    Antonio CaireAntonio Caire4 months ago
  • Kobe has a lot of successful students in the nba

    Dennis QuiahDennis Quiah4 months ago
  • 1001

    Joergen JohnsonJoergen Johnson4 months ago
  • Bro just bullied Blake Griffin 👀

    Caleb LynneCaleb Lynne4 months ago
  • 1:44 that was his actual name.

    Harry WhiteHarry White4 months ago
  • 1001

    Joe MamaJoe Mama4 months ago
  • He must have been torn up when he passed

    ツIsn’t windyツIsn’t windy4 months ago
  • Kobe... it gets me every time :(

    HonchoHoncho4 months ago
  • We miss you Kobe!!!

    Tee 0070Tee 00704 months ago
  • Harden is just salty honestly

    Daniel DennehyDaniel Dennehy4 months ago
  • pause at 05:59 to see the thick chick in the background

    alphonso79alphonso794 months ago
  • Players that worked out with Kobe: Giannis, James Harden, Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Trae Young, ect 👌👌👌

    Jesus SaldanaJesus Saldana4 months ago
  • 1001

    Kojo IdrissaKojo Idrissa4 months ago
  • Of course he will be the mvp for the second year 🇬🇷🇬🇷

    Manuel KalafatisManuel Kalafatis4 months ago
  • As u said, at the time the league stopped he was leading MVP race. By far

    Dercio Artur Avelino NhantumboDercio Artur Avelino Nhantumbo4 months ago
  • Its really sad u making vid with kobe in it but kobe is not with us anymore💔

    Chaztin MedrosoChaztin Medroso4 months ago
  • Kool video

    Andres MendezAndres Mendez4 months ago
  • 1001

    Phillip BryantPhillip Bryant4 months ago
  • Giannis Most inproved player Harden: No skilllllll

    Ayrton YebraAyrton Yebra4 months ago
  • Kobe worked with him and tatum and you can see how there games changed for the better and i feel there might be a celtics and bucks rivalry in the near future

    Adam LavigneAdam Lavigne4 months ago
  • Too many advertising 😒

    thangza hawihithangza hawihi5 months ago
  • 1001 #650

    Vaibhav BediVaibhav Bedi5 months ago
  • Loved this vid... 1001.

    Hunter KingHunter King5 months ago
  • As the season was left lebron has to get it

    christopher kettlerchristopher kettler5 months ago
  • His name aint easy

    christopher kettlerchristopher kettler5 months ago
  • Lebron was prob gonns be mvp this jordan is better

    christopher kettlerchristopher kettler5 months ago
  • Love your content bro. Keep it up man.

    Antwan WilmontAntwan Wilmont5 months ago

    KRS AfoaKRS Afoa5 months ago
  • MJ did it for Kobe. Kobe did it for Giannis. MJ said Kobe would call him to ask a question in the middle of the night. Giannis was doing that to Kobe. Some great men right there

    Justin CrimaldiJustin Crimaldi5 months ago
  • I want to take 1002 shots per day

    Evan HallEvan Hall5 months ago
  • I am a huge fan of the MAMBA MENTALITY

    Evan HallEvan Hall5 months ago
  • 1001

    Mr. Irrelevant.Mr. Irrelevant.5 months ago
  • 1001

    ren eileenren eileen5 months ago
  • 1001

    lil unathilil unathi5 months ago
  • It is “Adetokunbos” not that stuff you wrote up there

    Habeeb OlaHabeeb Ola5 months ago
  • You do kawahi is the best player??

    Steven SmithSteven Smith5 months ago
  • Giannis is shaq with good shooting and work ethics close to kobe's

    Sikander SinghSikander Singh6 months ago