Corey Raley-Ross is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina that has three professional seasons under his belt and this season played with KB Bashkimi Prizren (Kosovo-Superliga) averaging 18,7ppg, 6,4rpg, 3,9apg and 2,0spg. Last season he played with C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) playing 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 71.1% In the 2017-2018 season he played with CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (Spain-EBA) playing 28 games averaging 18.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 41.4%,FT: 64.8%. As a rookie he played for TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn (Estonia-Alexela KML) playing 28 games averaging 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 30.4%,FT: 63.6%; and played 9 Baltic League games averaging 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 76.0%. He played at Buffalo (NCAA) from 2010-2014 playing 59 games. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of Kobe Bryant.
Where were you and how did you find about the death of Kobe Bryant?
Thanks again Miles for another interview. I heard about Kobe’s tragedy while I was eating dinner through ‘social media’ of course.
When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it?
I believed it right away! The media usually doesn’t joke with these type of things. Upon hearing about it I took a moment to myself. I wanted to be alone.
How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos?
Not much at all really! His passing helped me to put my life more into perspective. How fragile and short it truly is.
Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid? For sure.
My first impression of Kobe Bryant was watching him duel Allen Iverson in the 2001 NBA finals. That was a joy to watch.
How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time as you were growing up?
He was my generations version of MJ. He was a winner and a killer to his adversaries. The love and respect of his craft came to me naturally.
How do you remember following his career Kobe Bryant was for so many the greatest ever. What did you appreciate most about his game?
He was the best player in the NBA until LeBron won his first championship. Also, I appreciated how he never changed his game.
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?
I have so many memories of Kobe. The first that comes to mind is when he scored 55pts on MJ when he was playing with the Wizards. Phil Jackson didn’t play him in the 4th either.
The outpouring of sadness was incredible. 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?
At this moment in time basketball has stopped around the world. I believe that this is symbolic of his passing. When basketball resumes as we know it, I think that will be us all coming to terms.
When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best?
I’m going to remember his legacy as iconic. He was more than a joy to watch.
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. How worthy is a Kobe Bryant to be seen as the greatest of all-time?
He’s more than worthy to be in the debate. I believe Kobe Bryant at his peak is on the same level as each of the two. Perhaps excluding MJ.
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?
Thanks Corey for the chat.