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More from Steve Nash. Want to know how the greatest point guard of his era describes leadership? Check it out ...
Nash was on the "Max & Marcellus" show on ESPNLA 710 radio and asked to describe Bryant as a leader.
"This is a guy that takes a helicopter to and from sometimes because he wants to save his knees," Nash began. "That’s a sacrifice. I don’t know, what is it? You can say he has all the money in the world but a $2 G ($2,000) pop each way or one way, roundtrip -- I don’t know -- just to get to and from because he wants to save his knees? That’s a guy that’s putting a lot into this and it just signifies the kind of effort and detail he has."
While the helicopter anecdote was cute (and the money part of it was very interesting ... 41 home games + 100 or so practices x 2 for roundtrip x $2,000 = ...) the next part of Nash's answer was very revealing.
"So, as a teammate and as a leader, I mean that (shows) I think leadership is about being yourself," Nash continued. "If you’re yourself, people will believe in you, they’ll believe in your motive and then you’re authentic and they trust you. I think this is a guy that people understand his motive. Everyone’s leadership style is different, but as a teammate and as a leader, basketball is something that he puts all his energy into and you can’t ask for more than that as a teammate."
The funny part about Nash's answer, of course, is that Bryant came to be himself by growing up wanting to "Be Like Mike," just like a lot of us did.