Kobe Bryant was inspired by Michael Jackson

LOS ANGELES 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.

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