Curtis Hollis Got The Chills When He Watched Kobe Bryant Play

Curtis Hollis a 21 year old 198cm forward from Arlington, Texas that played his first season overseas and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf averaging 22,4ppg,8,2rpg,3,8apg and 3,1spg. He left the club to go back home on account of personal reasons. He began his career at Mansfield Summit High School. In 2017-2018 he played with Hutchinson CC (JUCO) playing 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 66.3%. In 2018 he played in Lavar Ball’s new league with the Houston Ballers (JBL) playing 7 games: Score-5 (29.3ppg), 11.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 71.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories about Kobe Bryant.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Curtis Hollins in Rhondorf in 2019

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



I was at my friends house I found out on Twitter like as soon as it happened. 

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



I thought it was fake or wasn’t real.

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



I didn’t do too much I believed it I was still in shock. 

You were born in 1998. Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid?


Honestly I can’t I just remember him always being a great competitor and playing extremely hard. 

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. 


Yes I did it was greatness!

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 just appreciated that he played hard, wanted to kill and give everybody buckets and just always working extremely hard.

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?



Probably his last game when he went out like that. It was amazing to me!

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?



It will take a very very long time. Kobe was a special person on and off the court and had a huge impact. This ones gonna hurt for a while.

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



Him being one of the greatest. One of the best scorers and competitors ever to play the game. A great guy off the floor as well.

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?


He’s absolutely one of the best to play the game. My favorite ever is Micheal Jordan and Kobe was the closest to him we have ever seen. He will be greatly missed.

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 all of his highlights. I get the chills watching him play.

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