Kobe Bryant issues challenges to several NBA stars for the 2017-18 season

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There’s always the question of how retired athletes will or won’t stay connected to the game. In Kobe Bryant’s case, projects like basketball poems and animated short films have sufficed.

In terms of staying close to the NBA, Kobe keeps a distant but watchful eye with a steady pulse of what’s happening in the league. Kobe recently issued a challenge to point guard Isaiah Thomas via Twitter for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

https://twitter.com/Isaiah_Thomas/status/905958836489654276?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcavsnation.com%2Fcavs-news-isaiah-thomas-accepts-kobe-bryants-nba-first-team-challenge%2F

An interesting addition to the chip on Thomas’ shoulder after being traded to the Cavaliers. Thomas made All-NBA Second Team last season.

Kobe would then issue a challenge to Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetonkounmpo, upon his request.

Plenty of people feel that this could be the season for Giannis to potentially break out into MVP mode.

Kobe was also asked to provide a challenge for Wizards point guard John Wall.

Wall made Second Team All-Defense in the 2014-15 season.

Don’t be surprised if we see a few more challenges issued before the 2017-18 season kicks off next month. Kobe’s investment in the game continues with his investment in the greatness of today’s stars and pushing them to reach certain heights. So far, we haven’t seen any challenges for players like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, and so forth.

So far, we haven’t seen any challenges for players like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, and so forth.

Thomas, Giannis, and Wall are stars who are still on the rise and can possibly reach an even greater level. I think a direct challenge from Kobe Bryant is pretty decent added motivation.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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