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Lakers rookie Austin Reaves learned Mamba Mentality from his grandma, who raised him a Kobe Bryant fan

Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career spanned multiple decades and multiple generations, creating fans young and old across the country and globe. Ranging from Southern California to rural Indiana to the small towns in Arkansas, Bryant’s impact will continually be felt for years and decades into the future.

In that small town of Arkansas was a connection made with Austin Reaves and, more specifically, Reeves’ grandmother. The two-way Summer League standout has quickly become a fan favorite in his brief time with the Lakers, and that came before he recently revealed a terrific story about Bryant.