Kobe on Wiggins: 'It's like looking at a reflection of myself'


Kobe Bryant, on a night in which he passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, dropped a quote Sunday night that should do nothing but inspire and excite the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wiggins, 19, shows the athleticism and promise of a future superstar. Bryant, 36, is winding down a career that will go down as one of the greatest in NBA history. But even though Wiggins is dripping with talent, Pro Basketball Talk wonders if he'll showcase the drive and killer instinct that Kobe has thrived on for 19 seasons.

Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points in a 100-94 win over the Timberwolves. Wiggins scored 16 points and afterward was in awe of Bryant.

According to Lakers Nation, Wiggins leads all rookies in scoring this season (12.8 points per game) and he's in the top 10 rookies in rebounding and steals.

But while Wiggins reminds Kobe of himself as a rookie, Wiggins' start in the NBA has been different. Wiggins has started every game for the Wolves; Kobe started just six games as a rookie in 1996-97, averaging 7.6 points per game. He started just one game in his second season while upping his scoring average to 15.4 points per game, according to Basketball Reference. Kobe's first season as a full-time starter came in his third year.

Next Up


Police seeking man who spray-painted camera shortly before fatal Uptown crash

The camera was painted just hours before the deadly crash happened.

FLickr - Uptown, Winston Smith, Deona Marie - June 14, 2021 Chad Davis

Frey vows removal of Lake Street barriers, lays out protest response plan

"We can't have a major commercial corridor like this shut down," the mayor said.

Camden Heide

Wayzata's Camden Heide commits to Purdue

The four-star guard is the top-ranked Minnesota recruit in the Class of 2022.

Pexels - moving boxes

Landlord group sues governor, attorney general over eviction moratorium

The suit argues property owners are left in a bind due to the executive order.

best buy

Best Buy is now selling travel, outdoor living items

The electronics giant announced the new collections on Tuesday.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez says 'we will' keep the Timberwolves in Minnesota

Glen Taylor has stood by his statement that he will ensure the teams stay in Minnesota.

House for sale

Zillow says its upgraded 'Zestimates' are now more accurate

It's employing machine learning to increase the accuracy of its price estimation feature.

geoffrey compton

Child who drowned in Woodbury was celebrating his 9th birthday

He drowned in Carver Lake in Woodbury on Sunday.