Vikrant who is also part of the NBA Academy said Bryant was a huge inspiration for him. "Like Kobe I also play as a shooting guard, so I did not find anyone better to admire and learn. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he also remains the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. He was not only a basketball star but he was a real leader. I was not lucky enough to get a chance to see him play live, but I didn't miss any of his live Games on TV," said the 17-year-old from Haryana.