My Only In-Person Encounter With Kobe Bryant

I’ve been around Kobe Bryant once in my life.

However, I never met the man.

As a journalist, my mentors always taught me to remain professional, get your job done and do not become a fan because it is harder to be objective with a person if you become a fan of their work.

When I saw Kobe Bryant, I was preparing for another interview so I did not even have time to converse with him on a business level to get a story.

But with the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, I wish I had ignored all of my self-imposed rules and walked up to the brother to talk with him because he was then and will always be an icon.

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