Gilbert Arenas honors Kobe Bryant by giving back to the game

The Fan News Desk
February 11, 2020 - 4:16 pm

Former Wizard Gilbert Arenas is trying to turn a new leaf following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his friend and global basketball icon.

Arenas posted a heartfelt ode to Bryant two days after his death, saying it was time for him to use his basketball IQ more productively to help grow the game. Arenas then announced he would be joining the Southern California CAVS Youth Basketball Program as a coach.

I will fulfill the task u requested from me in this picture ------ You told me to use my bright basketball mind on some form of coaching on an nba/college bench or coaching kids---- stop wasting it being an idiot on social media....Today I'm starting my coaching career with @socalcavs 14u "the legacy of an assassins mind will live on" #mambamentality Location: Birmingham High School 17000 Haynes St, Van Nuys, CA 91406 Days: Every Tuesday and Thursday 5-11 years old | 6:00 - 8:00pm 12-15 years old | 7:00 - 9:00pm

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Arenas kept his word, posting a news story on his Instagram page Monday night that aired on CBS Los Angeles about him honoring Bryant, as well as contributing to help grow youth basketball.

In the clip, Arenas is shown leading a dribbling drill, telling a young boy with the basketball to "keep your eyes up."

"I decided I wanted to coach because (Bryant) kept telling me to 'tap in to it,'" Arenas told reporters. 

@socalcavs ---- #818valleyking #ballislife the second act of life #coaching

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Arenas said Bryant would continually ask him whether he had begun coaching when the two were at the Bryant's Mamba Coaching Academy discussing Arenas' daughter potentially joining.

"That's what really hurt me the most," Arenas insisted. "The person who told me to coach over and over, and then when I decided to accept my new journey, he was gone."

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