Just ahead of the game against the Phoenix Suns, Kobe Bryant reportedly told LA Lakers teammate Jordan Clarkson to “stop playing like a light-skinned dude.”
The controversial comment seemed to motivate Clarkson, though, and he went on to perform a slam dunk during the game. The Lakers won in a shocking game that ended with a 20-point lead.
Afterward, Clarkson admitted what Bryant had told him to reporters. “All I remember was Kobe telling me that I’ve been going to the hole like a light-skinned dude. So I’ve got to start doing it like a dark-skinned [dude]. So when I seen the lane opened up, that’s all I remember.”