LOS ANGELES --
As the Los Angeles Lakers go for a third straight championship, fans are finding out who inspired Kobe Bryant. Bryant told Yahoo! Sports it's Michael Jackson
. The basketball player said he and Jackson first talked when he was an 18-year-old rookie with the Lakers. Bryant even visited Neverland Ranch.
The Lakers All-Star said he was mentored by Jackson.
He said he learned how to prepare for games just like how Jackson would prepare for albums.
In the article, Bryant credits Jackson for helping him win three National Basketball Association titles with Shaquille O'Neal because of his focus and preparation.