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Lakers GM Claimed That Kobe Bryant Met Heath Ledger To Learn About His 'Dark Knight' Joker Role

Lakers GM Claimed That Kobe Bryant Met Heath Ledger To Learn About His 'Dark Knight' Joker Role

Lakers GM Claimed That Kobe Bryant Met Heath Ledger To Learn About His 'Dark Knight' Joker Role

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The story, told by Rob Pelinka, has been reported on before but recently resurfaced in a new ESPN article.

A story that Rob Pelinka, the general manager for the Los Angeles Lakers, once told about Kobe Bryant meeting Heath Ledger that turned out to be false has resurfaced in a recent article from EPSN.

In the story, which is centered around the Lakers’ organizational dysfunction, including everything from the team’s losing season with Lebron James to Magic Johnson‘s resignation as team executive, the Bryant anecdote is mentioned. Pelinka originally shared the story in March 2018.

Per ESPN:

“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight,'” Pelinka said. “Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there.’ So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role.

“And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks.”

The Dark Knight was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died, and the Knicks game Pelinka was referring to didn’t happen until February 2, 2009.

The story has led to Pelinka, Ledger, and The Dark Knight trending on Twitter, with people sharing their own takes on the news.

As for why Palinka might have shared the false story? As ESPN reported in the article, multiple Lakers staffers consider the general manager’s stories “disingenuous — at best.”

Source: ESPN



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