Tyronn Lue Says Kobe Bryant Tried to Fight Him After Getting Blocked in Practice

Los Angeles Lakers' Tyronn Lue, left, Kobe Bryant, center, and Brian Shaw are all smiles as they watch their teammates play the Washington Wizards in the second quarter Friday, March 23, 2001, in Los Angeles. Bryant's sore left ankle already is feeling better, coach Phil Jackson said, but the star guard is expected to miss at least three games. Lakers guard Lue, who has a sprained ankle,  was placed on the injured list Friday. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Thomas DuffyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2016

As a player, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is most famous for being the dude Allen Iverson stepped over during the 2001 NBA Finals.

Apparently, he nearly had another claim to fame—fighting Kobe Bryant.

On Tuesday, one day before the Cavs host his old team, the former Los Angeles Lakers guard shared a story about the Black Mamba's dark side.

Per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

We're playing 5-on-5 one day and it was the gold team against the white team. It was myself, Devean George, Brian Shaw, Mark Madsen and I want to say Slava Medvedenko, playing against the first unit -- against Fish (Derek Fisher), Kob', Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal).

Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. And he drove baseline and I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. He tried to dunk it and I blocked it against the glass. We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, ‘Ahhh, he blocked you!' He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice.

'We going to play one-on-one, me and you.' I said, ‘No, I'm not playing you one-on-one.' He was so mad and then, after that, it was just, every day we stepped onto the court, he just went after me every single day. It was crazy. And then, like other stories, just playing one-on-one every day, every time we acquired a new guy, he would play those guys one-on-one after every practice just to show them, like, ‘I'm the man, I'm the man.' Did the same thing with Glen Rice. Just his competitive nature, man, it was just unbelievable.

Oh, Kobe. What a treat it must have been to play alongside him during his early years.

[h/t ESPN]

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