When it comes to having an extensive Kobe collection, it’s hard to beat San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan. As I’ve written about before, he had a special relationship with the Lakers legend, even if they once had an awkward moment after DeMar walked onto the court to face Kobe Bryant sporting Jordans.
Still, DeMar was given the go-ahead by the man himself to be an ambassador for Kobe’s brand, including a wide range of player edition exclusives. That’s why it wasn’t a surprise when he came to the aid of a rising star when he lamented running out of Kobes.
The interaction happened Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
Got whatever you need champ! Lows or Highs!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) March 18, 2021
It was a nice moment between the 12-year veteran and the 21-year-old Ja Morant. The two are averaging similar numbers this season for their respective teams:
DeMar DeRozan: 20.3 PPG, 7.3 AST, 4.7 TRBJa Morant: 19.4 PPG, 7.6 AST, 3.3 TRB
While he’s been a thorn in the side of everyone, he’s been especially difficult for the Spurs to stop in his young career. On December 23rd, he put up a career-high 44 points in a 131-119 home loss to San Antonio. The Grizzlies since got revenge on the Spurs, dominating them at the AT&T Center twice in three days.
While the two teams won’t have any more regular-season meetings, there’s a decent chance they could meet in a potential play-in tournament, as the Spurs and Grizzlies are currently 7th and 10th in the Western Conference, respectively.
It might be dangerous to offer “whatever he needs” to a fellow hooper, but it’s nice to see DeMar having a mentor-like relationship with someone that has somewhat of a similar game in Morant.
Update: As I’d expect, Morant appears to have taken DeMar up on his offer:
need em big dawg ??? https://t.co/qQe11RYBpd
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) March 18, 2021
If you’re an up-and-coming rising NBA star and you need Kobes, you know who to call.