KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — For some people in the east, it’s all Kobe, all the time.
“If you were shooting into the trash can at school, you shout ‘KOBE,'” said Deandre Green, a Kobe Bryant fan.
Green and a group of around 20 other guys come to the Fairfield Park gym to play pick up basketball almost every day.
For them, basketball and Kobe Bryant are everything.
“Kobe is the one who got me into the sport,” said Tyrek Morgan, a Kinston resident. “He’s the reason I started playing basketball.”
A day after Bryant’s death, they’re remembering him with little gestures, like writing his name on their shoes.
They’re also thinking about the person he was on and off the court.
“He was one of the ones who had a complete game,” said Roger Jones, a Kinston resident. “He took pride in his offense as well as his defense, and that’s what I admire about him the most.”
They say he was a role model for many.
“It’s hard to find somebody like Kobe. It’s hard to find somebody with that type of mindset. Just the type of person that he is who gives back” said Morgan.
And he will be an inspiration for future players.
“This day and time it’s kind of hard to find players that dedicate and work as hard as he worked, and take pride in their work and try to get better,” said Jones.