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Via | HipHopDX

With one week left in Kobe Bryant‘s NBA career, The Players Tribune asked some teammates of the Los Angeles Lakers legend about their experiences with Bryant during the team’s three-peat championship run in the early 2000’s.

Brian Shaw and Devean George liken the five-time champion’s legacy to that of Jay Z‘s. They say that the Black Mamba would outshine all of them not only as a player, but in team bonding activities as well.

“We would always freestyle on the back of the bus,” Shaw, who was with the team for four seasons, says. “Whenever a new Jay Z album came out, it was a big deal. Guys would get it Day One and be rapping their favorite songs. Maybe they knew the first few bars or the hook. Well, Kobe would be on the back of the bus rapping every single line of every single song the day after the album came out. I’m talking every lyric. It was genuinely amazing. Nobody could figure out how it was possible.”

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