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Podcast: The impact of Kobe Bryant on basketball around the world

As Kobe Bryant officially enters the Hall of Fame, it’s worth remembering that it’s not just locally where he was a beloved basketball figure.

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In the latest episode of “The 30,” a podcast on the Silver Screen and Roll feed, host Jas Kang was joined by Israeli NBA analyst Eran Soroka. To kick things off, they discuss Kobe Bryant getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, and what it means for his legacy. Eran and Jas also talked about not having the opportunity to hear Kobe’s acceptance speech, and how amazing it would have been.

And as far as the “fame” in Hall of Fame goes, it wasn’t just in the United States where Bryant was a well-known figure. Few players, if any, have ever drawn as many fans internationally as Bryant did over the course of his career. The guys got into what Kobe’s impact on the game was from a global perspective, and how the second part of his career was his redemption. Following that, Eran and Jas talk about how the Lakers are viewed in Israel, and what fans are missing over there while the NBA is shut down to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Finally, to wrap things up, they shared their opinions on what the Lakers title chances are when things resume, and how the NBA should proceed when (and if) things start getting back to normal.

You can listen to the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a single one, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Jas on Twitter at @jaskang21.