At the age of 25, Jordan Clarkson has gotten to experience what it’s like to be teammates with two of the best NBA players of all time. He has played under both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James since being drafted in 2014.
Clarkson explained the differences between the leadership styles of Bryant and James when he made an appearance on the CavsHQ radio show this week.
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Around the 11:06 mark, Clarkson is asked if Bryant encouraged him to shoot as much as James has. The Cavs guard said they’re similar in that they’ve both supported him.
“During my rookie year, Kob was always on me. Get in the gym early with him, getting shots and stuff like that. When we got on the court, he was not as vocal as LeBron is in terms of being with everybody and encouraging and stuff. Kob had his own way of encouraging guys. But it was something similar.”
But when Clarkson is asked what practices were like with Bryant vs. how they are with James, he said they’re definitely different.
“Two different styles of leadership. LeBron, very encouraging, bringing everybody along, and Kobe, he’s testing you, seeing what you gonna give him. If he gonna get at you, he gonna scream at you, he gonna…