Kobe Bryant, the ‘Black Mamba’, Hisses Like a Snake on the Court, NBA Player Reveals

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) walks onto the court with Metta World Peace, left, and Dwight Howard during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 116-95. Credit: AP

Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford joined Dan Le Batard’s ESPN podcast on Thursday and revealed a surprising and lesser known aspect of Kobe Bryant’s game.

Apparently, he hisses like a snake on the basketball court.

Nicknamed “the Black Mamba,” Bryant is considered of the greatest players in the NBA history. That won’t change if Crawford’s claims really are true, but it’s still pretty bizarre.

“When I first played with Kobe — they call him the Black Mamba — but then he was doing like a little snake sound when he wanted the ball. It was crazy. It was crazy. It’s like tsssss, tsssss. Like fishing. Tsssss, tssss. He do that,” Crawford said. “Everybody tells you he’s gonna do it before you play him — like, ‘Wait till you hear him do this.’ And then he [does] it, and it’s like, what? He’s really a mamba. It sounds like some kind of snake.”

Listen to the audio via ESPN here (Crawford’s interview begins at around 9:50).


(H/T: Deadspin)

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