Kobe Bryant Once Went Over to a Teammate’s House and Kicked Everyone Out: ‘You Just Gotta Deal With It’

Kobe Bryant liked things … a certain way.

The Los Angeles Lakers star was demanding on the court, holding teammates accountable for their actions and making sure everyone shared his historic level of dedication of work ethic. But it turns out, Kobe was demanding off the court as well, as he proved one night at a teammate’s birthday party.

Kobe Bryant deserved the superstar treatment

Call it arrogance if you want. But the Black Mamba had a legendary NBA career that afforded him special treatment wherever he went.

Bryant spent all 20 of his professional seasons with the Lakers, earning a laundry list of accolades. Most notably, he made 18 All-Star teams and 15 All-NBA teams, two scoring titles, and a league MVP in 2007-08. He also won five championships with LA including a pair of Finals MVPs in 2009 and 2010.

By the time his career closed, Bryant finished with an average of 25.0 points per game. While impressive, it’s far from what he achieved in the mid-2000s. From 2004-08, Kobe averaged a whopping 27.6, 35.4, 31.6, and 28.3 points in an attempt to single-handedly carry the Lakers.

That high-scoring stretch was arguably the height of Kobe’s individual peak. Which perhaps led to the height of his ego, as well.

Bryant kicked everyone out of his teammate’s house during a birthday party

Caron Butler is one of the many players who suited up with Bryant. The 14-year vet was a Laker for one season after coming from the Miami Heat in the Shaquille O’Neal trade of 2004.

In an interview with VladTV, former All-Star Gilbert Arenas told a story Butler once shared with him. Butler was having a birthday party and invited Kobe, but let’s just say the superstar’s entrance was more than peculiar.

“Caron [Butler] was telling me once about his birthday. He did a party at his house in Milwaukee and he said he invited Kobe. … He’s got his house, his family, his friends, and his teammates [at the party]. Kobe comes in — he has security — and he tells everyone, ‘Hey, everyone out of the house.’ And then he had his security check and make sure everything was alright, and then let everybody back in.

Caron said, ‘I’m sitting outside looking like, ‘Yo bro, this is my house.’ He said, ‘That’s the way Kobe was. You just gotta deal with it.'”

Gilbert Arenas

Hopefully, Bryant brought Butler a nice gift. Regardless, the host would clearly move on from the incident, as the two became good friends. Bryant even wrote the foreword for Butler’s autobiography.

Kobe was ultimately respected by many teammates

Bryant coming into a teammate’s house and kicking everyone out for a security sweep is probably not the best look for the Hall of Famer. Fortunately, there are many other teammates like Pau Gasol and Metta Sandiford-Artest (formerly Metta World Peace) who have glowing reviews from their time alongside the Black Mamba.

“I learned first-hand what it meant to be the best,” Gasol told Fox Sports of playing with Bryant. “The effort, the commitment, [and] the work ethic he had was unparalleled. It inspired so many players, not just on his team but beyond his team. It inspired a generation, probably multiple generations of players that we see today.”

“He loves the game so much and that’s why I appreciate him so much because we could see eye to eye as brothers just from how we compete,” Sandiford-Artest said last year to ESPN. “The language of competition. It’s really interesting how we clicked.”

“It’s great to be with him. I love a guy who expects so much from his teammates. He pushes his teammates,” Antawn Jamison once told ESPN after a one-year stint with Kobe. “I mean, this guy eats, sleeps basketball and the only thing he wants to do is to win another championship and I’ve never seen anybody as focused, as dedicated as Kobe.”

It’s safe to say Kobe was a better player and teammate than party guest.

All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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