Chandler Parsons shared his first encounter with Kobe Bryant on a recent episode of “All The Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. His gripping tale got everyone’s attention and gave them another reason to miss the former legend.
As Parsons told Barnes and Jackson, Bryant inquired about Parsons’ evening plans during the rookie’s first road game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Although a young Parsons was skeptical, Bryant later sent him a text saying he’s “all set up at Supper Club.”
Parsons said he had “the craziest night ever” with fellow players, coaches, and staff. And then a waitress “beelines right to me with a check” for $22,000.
Parsons panicked before she instructed him to sign for Bryant, who covered the whole evening.
Once the story went viral, many fans were grateful to hear another Kobe story.
Warning: There’s profane language in the clip shown in the following tweets.
i love hearing new kobe stories, one of my favorite things about them is that anyone can enjoy them even if they aren’t a basketball or sports fan https://t.co/HX7IX5Ra5c
— travis (@2010pontiacvibe) March 1, 2022
Kobe stories will never get old 🙏🏽 https://t.co/kx2O5xhkQa
— Alex Carusdro 😎 (@lifewithdro) March 1, 2022
Man. We were all robbed of Kobe. Hurts. https://t.co/SBad1Cxec3
— Mark (@Behavioristt) March 1, 2022
Like Parsons at the time, another fan feared a less favorable ending for the NBA newcomer.
I didn't expect this to end the way it did. https://t.co/RLqd5U7jdj
— Vignesh Doraiswamy, MD (@DoctorVig) March 1, 2022
Another fan suggested that someone should make a book compiling every great story involving Bryant.
Somebody should gather EVERYBODY who’s had any memorable encounter with Kobe, document their stories and release a book, man, that would be dope to read https://t.co/XoXgVaThcl
— tequila texts (@o_dollaz) March 1, 2022
That book would probably make a lot more than $22,000, and Parsons’ submission would surely make the cut.