Watch Minny’s Wiggins do a perfect Kobe impression…on Kobe
Kobe Bryant looked like a younger version of himself during Tuesday night’s close win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored a season-high 38 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers avoid their 11th straight loss, which would’ve been a franchise record.
But Bryant wasn’t the only player on the court to really stand out. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins was also phenomenal, scoring 30 points on a wide variety of shots—most notably Kobe’s signature fadeaway jumper:
Cool exchange after Andrew Wiggins hit fadeaway over Kobe.
Kobe: "That looked familiar."
Wiggins: "I got it from… https://t.co/rj4gXESUKiArticle continues below ...
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) February 3, 2016
His team won, so Bryant was jovial afterward, telling reporters how impressed he was with Wiggins’ rapid development and how far he’s come in such a short period of time:
Asked Kobe Bryant about guarding Andrew Wiggins, and he smiled when talking about his turnaround: "It was textbook" pic.twitter.com/CdWHSPxjn5
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 3, 2016
This must be pretty cool for the 20-year-old to hear—Wiggins grew up idolizing Bryant and had nothing but the highest praise for him after the game:
Andrew Wiggins on Kobe Bryant: "He's the greatest of my generation. He perfected the game of basketball."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 3, 2016
Watch their duel below. It’s well worth your time: