Seattle Storm star Sue Bird recently appeared on an Instagram live session with Los Angeles Sparks star and ESPN commentator Chiney Ogwumike. During the live, Sue Bird talked about the Kobe Bryant motivation factor and her friendship with the late NBA legend. WNBA star Sue Bird and her girlfriend Megan Rapinoe, who plays for the USA's women's national soccer team, have been posting updates on Instagram after players have been isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here is what the Kobe Bryant motivation source was in 2008, according to Bird.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kobe Bryant competed at the Summer Olympics for the first time. The men's team won the gold medal and so did Sue Bird and the women's team. However, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers had lost the NBA Finals to Boston Celtics the same year.
According to Bird, she met Bryant and some other players months after the Olympics, where Kobe Bryant saw a photo of Celtics star Paul Pierce in a newspaper. Bryant, without saying a word, took the newspaper and cut out the photo of Paul Pierce. He then folded it and put it in his pocket, saying it was for 'motivation'. Bird further added that everyone else present reacted with an 'oh', aware that it never stopped with Kobe Bryant. In 2009, the Lakers won the NBA championship against the Orlando Magic, while Kobe Bryant was named the Finals MVP. Bird also talked about Bryant's support for women's basketball and his daughter Gianna. Both Bryant and Gianna, along with seven others, lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26.