Terrell Harris is a 26 year old 190cm guard from Indiantown,Florida that is playing his fourth professional season and first with the NINERS Chemnitz (Germany-ProA) averaging 14,4ppg, 2,7rpg and 4,8apg. Last season he played with the Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProA) averaging 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 66.3%. Two seasons ago he played with the Svendborg Rabbits (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 24 games averaging 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 71.6%. In his rookie season he played with the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB) averaging 18,1ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,8apg. He started his basketball career at Mars Hill (NCAA2) in 2011 and then moved to Georgia College in 2012. As a senior he played 29 games averaging 24.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 76.8%. He concluded his college basketball career winning the All-PeachBelt Player of the Year 2016. Harris spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of Kobe Bryant.
Where were you and how did you find about the death of Kobe Bryant?
I was on the bus with my team coming back from Heidelberg when I found out Kobe and the 8 others had died in a helicopter crash. My teammate was checking his phone and saw it over the internet.
When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it?
Yes same here I thought it was a hoax as well. Just didn’t seem real or sounded believable that Kobe died. Especially coming from TMZ because they report a lot fake news.
How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos?
I was I’m disbelief so its natural you’re trying to find out more on what exactly happened. Just ironically I was watching his first 3 championships prior to the week. So I just finished game 4 of the second championship and reminiscing on the past.
You were born in 1993. Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid?
My first memory about Kobe was when I was 7 years old and the finals was on. Of course Shaq dominated the pavers and won MVP but I was in awe with the guard with the afro, the next morning they had a pic in the newspaper of both and ever since he was my favorite player. I love his aura, swag, and flashy style of play. Being a kid ofcourse I didn’t know what I was actually watching.
How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time as you got through childhood and high school? You were very young for his first wave of titles with Shaq around the millennium, but you must have witnessed the 2010 title against my Boston Celtics.
Yes like I said being young and 8 you just wanted to see dunks and flashiness. He had it all especially 2003 I would say I paid attention to him for real as in keeping up with him on the internet and watching sports center. The championships came when I was in high school but I remember 81,and 62 in 3quaters, I also remember not being able to get through the Suns.
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 that he never ran. He went from winning 3 in a row to not being able to get out the first round, to winning back to back. He will always be immortal to me. Fade away you have to say Kobe.
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?
My greatest memory is probably game 5 in Orlando. He didn’t smile the entire series until it was 4 sec to go and he keeled down while Orlando was taking a free throw and smiled because he knew it was over. Took him 6 years to get back to the top and he did what people say he couldn’t. Win a chip without SHAQ. Also when he got revenge on the Celtics even though I wanted to swing on him game 7 because he was stinking up the court.
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?
Everyone deals with things different but he was a lot of people idols. One of the best to do it. I think this one will sting for a while I know it will with me.
When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best?
I will always remember the commitment, passion, and love for the game he had. The way he came in the league and what he accomplished is unreal. You dont get to have that type of career by luck or accident. He put the work in and it showed.
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?
Those debates are for the birds. I am biased so I will always say KOBE BEAN BRYANT. But those guys are all special who know what would’ve happened if they played against each other in their primes. So they are all GOATS to me.
Thanks Terrell for sharing your own personal memories of Kobe Bryant.