Knicks guard Wayne Ellington needed some time before making his first public comments on the passing of his former teammate Kobe Bryant, but on Saturday he was finally ready to do so.
Ellington, who is from Bryant's hometown of Philadelphia and spent his childhood idolizing the Black Mamba, got to spend one season with him as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014-2015 season, and reflected on his time playing with the five-time NBA Champion and 18-time All Star.
"Kobe meant a lot to me, even before I got a chance to meet him," Ellington said. "Just coming from the same area growing up and watching him become who he was. He was my idol. I grew up trying to emulate Kobe, trying to steal his moves, trying to be like Kobe."