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Kobe Bryant has inspired many of today’s basketball players. Hawks forward John Collins is one of them.

For him the late Lakers legend is the favorite player. Collins says that he liked Bryant from the first day that he saw him play.

“He’s my inspiration — my entire inspiration to play the game,” Collins told Bally Sports, via Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson. “Kobe Bryant does that for me. He put on a show and didn’t back down from anyone. That’s just my favorite player. To see, hear and do anything that’s basketball-oriented is the Bean. Rest his soul.”