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NBA’s Legendary Perfectionist Kobe Bryant Bowed Down to the Might of Johnny Depp, Called Him Hollywood’s Greatest Star Alongside Robert De Niro

Almost three years have passed since we lost a sports star, Kobe Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball player. The legendary NBA star and his daughter Gianna Bryant with seven others, died in a helicopter crash in California in January 2020. However, the NBA legend was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career in 2007-08, making his jersey even more valuable. His legacy continues to grow, and his fans remember him in their memories forever, even though he is no longer with us in the world. According to reports, one of his jerseys from the 2007-08 NBA season could be slated for auction as the most valuable memorabilia.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

According to an interview with Kobe Bryant, Rudy (1993) was one of his favorite movies and gave him the biggest jolt of inspiration. A big part of his hobbies was watching movies. During one of his interviews, he was asked about whom he admired most among his favorite actors and actresses, and he surprised his fans by responding that his favorite actor was Johnny Depp.

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Kobe Bryant Cited Johnny Depp, His Favorite Actor

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

The iconic Hollywood actor Johnny Depp’s fans remain loyal to him even though his life was turned upside down after he underwent a legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard. Among his fans, NBA’s legendary perfectionist, the late Kobe Bryant, was also a big fan of his acting. Along with Robert De Niro, Bryant considered Depp one of the most iconic Hollywood actors of all time.

During Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes premiere in 2009, the 65-year-old American journalist Roger Friedman had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant, and where he asked him about his favorite Hollywood actors and actresses.

Bryant said,

“First, Hillary Swank. Her focus is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it. She’s my favorite. Second: Kate Winslet.”

And, when it came to telling about his favorite actor, the Black Mamba said,

“Robert De Niro, for all his characters, and Johnny Depp.”

The legendary Los Angeles Lakers player chose the Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp as his favorite actor as he was truly amazed by his acting. Despite his legal drama, Johnny Depp fans look forward to his performance in the next Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Kobe Bryant’s Most Inspiring Movie Was Rudy (1993)

During an interview, Kobe Bryant discussed his career, his robust mental health, physical fitness, and the inspirations that kept his spirit alive. Aside from his willingness toward the game, he said that the movie Rudy (1993) was his inspiration and changed his life. According to the player, Rudy was a sophomore at Lower Merion High School the first time he saw the movie. He estimated that he had seen it more than 100 times on tape and dozens of times in theaters.

Vanessa Bryant with her late husband
Vanessa Bryant with her late husband

According to Bryant, the film motivated him to work harder and smarter than ever. The movie constantly inspired him to achieve his goals as he dreamt. However, due to his status as a legendary NBA player, his sudden passing in 2020 shocked his fans. Bryant and Vanessa Bryant married in an intimate wedding in Dana Point, California, in April 2001. Together, they had four daughters: Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, and Capri Kobe Bryant. Gianna, one of his daughters, died with his father in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

The LA Lakers Jersey Of Kobe Bryant May Be Auctioned In 2023

Throughout his basketball career, Kobe Bryant committed himself to mastering his skills. To become one of the most distinctive players playing the game, the Black Mamba spent time and money improving his skills and technique. Reports have been that his jerseys from the 2007-08 NBA season could fetch $7 million or more as the jersey may be auctioned in February 2023.

Kobe Bryant
The Black Mamba wearing his iconic jersey

It is also considered iconic because it was the jersey he wore when he accepted the MVP award. The Lakers were playing in the Western Conference playoffs against the Denver Nuggets during that time. A report on CNBC indicated that “The Black Mamba” jersey will likely be the most valuable memorabilia of the legendary LA Lakers player.

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Source: The Sports Rush

Tulika Shreshthi
Tulika Shreshthi

Tulika Shreshthi is a professional content writer at Animated Times in an entertainment niche. She has years of experience in Content Management and SEO-based digital Content Writing. Also, she has a specialization in technical content writing. As an illustrator, she loves to draw something on her iPad while not writing professionally. She is passionate about the children's digital illustrations segment. Aside from illustrating, she also enjoys cooking and singing as her hobby.

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