Kendrick Lamar has long landed himself in the thick of "best rapper alive" conversations, since his debut and has cemented his place among the greats in hip-hop. In the same vein, conversations about the greatest players in basketball almost always include former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and in a recent sit-down at Complexcon 2017, Lamar and Bryant discussed what makes them both so great and how they've grown in their respective fields.
When Bryant was asked about the difference between himself as a young player wearing the No. 8 jersey and the mature player wearing No. 24 -- which he wore up until his retirement in April 2016 -- he said he believes they are two completely different entities.
"It's crystal clear to me because it's almost two different people in a sense. Having a certain mentality of coming into the league where you’re literally head-hunting everyone," he said. "Because it’s your time to establish yourself and say, ‘No, I belong here.’ As a result, everybody must go and then when you hit a certain maturity level, which is where 24 is, it becomes less about your self-domination and how can I help others grow."