Trae Young: Kobe Bryant Was My Michael Jordan

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On Monday at Staples Center, the sports world, Los Angeles remembered the late Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other souls lost in January helicopter crash.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young remembered Bryant, who he akin to Michael Jordan, on Twitter ahead of Monday’s game against Philadelphia 76ers.

Playing at a level reminiscent of Bryant, Young has been rewriting the record books. The Norman North (Norman, Okla.) product hit a career milestone on Friday eclipsing the 50 point mark for the first time, prior to that, starting in the All-Star game.

Young, 21, in his second season, has either passed or joined the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, including Bryant, in multiple achievements, milestones -- playing at a “Mamba Mentality” level.

It would only be appropriate Gianna’s favorite player was Young – like Kobe, Young has an all-out mentality averaging 29.9 points, the league's third-leading scorer.

After winning three of the last four games, Young scored 28 points in 129-112 loss to 76ers.

Hawks (17-42) host Orlando Magic (25-32)  Tuesday.

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