LOS ANGELES - With the one-year anniversary of the death of Kobe Bryant, four-time NBA champion John Salley is looking back at his time as a veteran forward with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999-2000 and his relationship with Kobe.
For Salley, January of last year was a heartbreaking time. He'd lost his 96-year-old mother two weeks before Kobe Bryant died.
That meant Salley had to process another, this time, shocking unexpected loss. Salley flew from his mom's home back to LA to attend the Staples Center Memorial Service for Kobe.
He recalls stories of watching game tape on a VHS machine with Kobe, one-on-one practice, going to TGI Fridays restaurant, seeing Vanessa at practice for the first time. Salley talked of his Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan and comparisons to Kobe.
BDSSP's John Salley with Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
Salley celebrates life as a vegan. He has a cannabis brand with his daughter called Deuces22 and says he just signed a deal with Connor McGregor, the mixed martial artist. He also owns a vegan restaurant in San Bernardino, Cafe Organix.
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