WATCH: DeMar DeRozan Tells Insane Story of Kobe Bryant Talking Trash Before Hitting Game-Winner

by Joe Rutland

A lot of both current and former NBA players have many on-court stories about being a target of trash talking from the late Kobe Bryant.

San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan clearly remembers one such occasion when he was with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan had a tradition of wearing Bryant’s brand of sneakers when playing. According to DeRozan, then-Raptors teammate Vince Carter told him not to do it when playing the Lakers. Carter said that wearing them would upset Bryant, something any opponent would not want to do.

So DeRozan followed the wisdom offered by Carter and wore a Michael Jordan brand when Toronto played the Lakers.

The rest of the story? Well, here’s DeRozan spelling out the whole trash-talking event during an interview with former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson.

Obviously, Bryant got the last word in thanks to his game-winning shot. It wasn’t the first nor last time in his incredible career that Kobe Bryant’s clutch gene led the Lakers to victory.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash that also killed his daughter Gianna and six others on board on Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif.

Vanessa Bryant Honors Kobe Bryant and Family With Tattoo

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, has mourned publicly and privately throughout the year since losing her husband and child.

One thing she’s done to keep their memories alive for her is by getting a tattoo.

Bryant displayed her new body art on Instagram in October.

The elegant-yet-simple foot tattoo shares all the names of Bryant’s family. It starts right below her ankle with Kobe Bryant, then runs along the side of her foot down toward the side of her toe. It also lists her name and her daughters Natalia, the late Gianna, Bianka, and Carpi.

Bryant also had other Kobe tributes tattooed back in February. She did not reveal the details. Reportedly, the artwork on her wrist was a special message from Gianna. There was also a “sweet message” from Kobe on her neck. She thanked a different tattoo artist, Nikki Hurtado, for completing that work.