LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Kobe Bryant may have been shooting for immortality long before his life was tragically cut short.
In an appearance Monday on ESPN’s “The Jump”, former NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady recalled Bryant telling him that he wanted to die at a young age.READ MORE: Mandatory Evacuations Remain In Place for 1,000 People Due To Pacific Palisades Brush Fire
“This sounds crazy but Kobe spoke this, he spoke this, He used to say all the time, ‘I wanna die young’,” said McGrady. “He used to say, ‘I want to be immortalized, I wanna have my career, be better than Michael Jordan, and I wanna die young’, and I just thought he was so crazy for saying that.”READ MORE: Married Couple Arrested On Suspicion Of Mail, Identity Theft In Arcadia
Despite recurring health issues that prematurely ended McGrady’s career, both he and Bryant were considered two of the game’s preeminent scorers in their respective primes.MORE NEWS: 3 More Freeway Shootings Unfold On 91 Freeway In OC
The two shared a common past and a friendly rivalry: they were both rookies drafted straight o5ut of high school, Bryant with the Lakers and McGrady with the Toronto Raptors.