Kendale Mccullum(Uni Baskets) I Appreciated Kobe Bryant´s Competitiveness And Passion For The Game

Kendale Mccullum is a 185cm guard from Elgin, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA)currently averaging 18,1ppg, 5,5rpg and 6,9apg. The Uni Baskets Paderborn have had many very talented point guards in the last years, but none better than Kendale Muccullum. He has had an enormous impact on the success of the club as he is the third best scorer in the league and leading the league in assists and steals. He also is shooting a very respectable 43% from outside. He registered a rare triple double against Schwenningen with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. He began his basketball career at Larkin High School and then played three seasons at Wisconsin Parkside (NCAA2) playing 73 games. In his last two seasons there he averaged 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 76.7% and 15.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 6.2apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 76.4%. He played his last season of college ball at Lewis (NCAA2) playing 31 games averaging 16.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.3apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 80.2%. He spoke to and shared his memories about Kobe Bryant

Where were you and how did you find about the death of Kobe Bryant? 

I had just got back from practice and someone in group chat with my friends from home went a tweet about it. 

When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it? 

I didn’t think it was true because I have this image of Kobe where he is like invincible. Nothing could hold him back or bring him down. 

How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos? 

It still hasn’t hit me yet that Kobe or his Daughter GIGi are not here on the earth today. Watching those highlights and videos shows how untouchable he was and that’s why it’s hard to believe he’s actually not here with us anymore. 

You were born in 1996. Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid? 

The way Kobe carried himself, his competitiveness, his drive, his passion, his fear to not back down from anybody. I wanted that type of personality. 

How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time as you got through childhood and high school? You were too young for his first wave of titles with Shaq around the millennium, but you must have witnessed the 2010 title against my Boston Celtics. 

I was never a big big Kobe fan, but I would never bet my money against him! That’s for sure. I enjoyed watching him put on a show during crunch time and just taking those big moment shots and knowing he was going to make a play to win the game. 

Kobe Bryant was for so many the greatest ever. What did you appreciate most about his game? Was he a guy that you pretended to be on the playgrounds?

I appreciated his competitiveness and his passion for the game. Kobe, is the reason why whenever you do any basketball moves on the court or off the court you said his name. Shooting a turn around jumper with a balled up piece of paper into the trashing can screaming ‘Kobe’. Or counting down the shot clock ‘3, 2, 1.. and the shot is good’ 

Kobe Bryant had so many amazing games like his 81 points and countless other games where it was lights out as well as winning 5 titles. What is your fondest memory of him of what he did on the court? 

Shooting those free throws with a torn Achilles. Most players would of walked off the court and not shot those free those. But Kobe did. 

The outpouring of sadness was incredible in the last 24 hours. Guys were crying and leaving heart felt messages on Social Media. How long do you think it will take until the basketball world comes to terms with this tragedy? 

I think that’s just something that will last for a very long time. Just because of the way he impacted people on and off the court. He wasn’t just a very good basketball player. He was more than that. And that’s why everyone is hurt by this tragedy. 

When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best? 

Definition of a true competitor, global icon, a winner, a person who wasn’t ashamed of being a girl dad 

One of my last questions in my standard interviews is what is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James. Often players remind me that I left out Kobe Bryant.I have been thinking about this a lot in the last. How worthy is a Kobe Bryant to be seen as the greatest of all-time?

I think people shouldn’t debate anymore about who’s the greatest. I think we should just accept that those 3 are the greatest of all time. Doesn’t matter who’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd! We should be blessed to be in an era with those guys. 

My last question isn’t what is the last movie you saw, but what video of Kobe Bryant will you take a look again when you have some time to look back at his great career? 

Probably the mamba mentality video

Thanks Kendale for sharing your memories of Kobe Bryant.

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