Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Jordan’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shoots a fadeaway jumper towards New Zealand within the Fiba World Cup at Mall of Asia Enviornment. -FIBA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been making rounds on social media for his resemblance to the late nice Kobe Bryant—from his posture, and fadeaways to the No. 24 jersey.

The one stark distinction: Hollis-Jefferson shoots left-handed.

Hollis-Jefferson on Monday channeled his Mamba Mentality and nearly willed Jordan to an upset of New Zealand in extra time within the Fiba World Cup earlier than a loud crowd at Mall of Asia Enviornment predominantly rooting for the previous PBA import.

Chants of “Kobe” rained down on Hollis-Jefferson, who scored probably the most factors on this World Cup thus far with 39 factors within the 95-87 loss, eclipsing the 37 factors by Slovenia’s Luka Doncic two days in the past.

RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON.
38 POINTS.
AND-ONE THREE-POINTER TO SEND IT TO OVERTIME.#FIBAWC x #WinForAll pic.twitter.com/i5qW7E6fAI

— FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 🏆 (@FIBAWC) August 28, 2023

“It means lots. It’s an honor. There’s just one Kobe however to really feel that love and that vitality coming down the stretch hitting these large pictures, God was with me, Kobe was with me for certain,” Hollis-Jefferson stated on the Kobe comparisons he’s been getting since making his World Cup debut as Jordan’s naturalized participant.

And there was nothing extra Kobe-like than his four-point play within the ultimate seconds of regulation that compelled further time.

“I simply needed to win. Every thing stated shoot it, all the pieces stated shoot it. in order that’s what I did.”

That’s what Kobe would’ve achieved too.



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