It’s hard to keep a secret from the Internet in the year 2019, especially when dealing with the NBA. But basketball icon Kobe Bryant managed to do just that – for about a month.
In late August, it has been confirmed by The Athletic that Bryant held an invite-only “mini-camp”, bringing in a slew of the NBA’s top talent. Players such as Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and several others were in attendance. But two names listed as attendees should interest the BBN. De’Aaron Fox and Jamal Murray received the special invitation, as well. Murray was actually highlighted as one of the stars of the event.
According to The Athletic, the rules of the camp were as follows: “No guests. No plus-ones. No cameras. No social media. No sponsors or corporate agendas. No fluff. Just hoops.”
Bryant, along with Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy – a developmental coach legend – sent out the invites themselves and made sure that two former Wildcats made the cut.
The two-day camp included everything from recording reflexes, skill drills, 2-on-3s and 1-on-1s, along with the ability to pick the brain of both Bryant and Handy.
Murray was noted as a “sponge” of information, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has kept up with Murray during the time before and after he spent a season in Lexington. According to The Athletic, Murray, along with Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, were the camps two standouts.
After deciding not to participate in the FIBA World Cup, Fox accepted the invite to learn alongside some of the game’s current and former greats.
Not a bad item to add onto the resume for those two.