The list of Lakers teammates challenged in one way or another by Kobe Bryant over the years is longer than the Christmas wish list of the most spoiled kid in Beverly Hills. Aside from the epic feud with Shaquille O'Neal, you know all about Bryant's ongoing venom toward Smush Parker and head-shaking disdain for Kwame Brown. Even trusted longtime teammates such as Pau Gasol still get their buttons pushed every other day.
The guys who get tested the most, though, because they get uniquely scrutinized about not doing what he would be doing, are Bryant's backups.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 22, 1969, Dan Issel joined the 1,000-point club. He did it in 49 games.