Kobe Bryant offered advice to 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor
"I talked to him a little bit on the court, briefly in the weight room and a little bit after the game," Bryant told reporters. "I wish him all the best. It's important for him to stay focused and to continue to work on his game, and he'll be just fine."
Okafor was caught on video pushing a man to the ground and striking another after a 76ers’ loss in Boston before Thanksgiving. New video released on Wednesday shows Okafor was involved in a second altercation taking place after the first video, according to TMZ.
Okafor was also reportedly involved in a fight in Philadelphia on Oct. 4. The incident led to a gun being pointed at his head after leaving a club.
“Everybody has a camera with a camera phone,” Bryant said, according to NJ.com. "You pick up on mistakes a lot more now than you would in the past. Not to say some of the heroes that have played here before haven't made those same mistakes, but it's just now the content gets captured so quickly."
The 76ers are reportedly assigning Okafor a security guard for whenever he goes out in the future.
The Lakers star scored 20 points in his final game in Philadelphia after announcing his plans to retire at the season's end.
Okafor is averaging 17.5 points per game for the 1–18 76ers.
- Christopher Chavez