Bryant spent 20 years playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he became a five-time NBA champion, but it was in Italy where he learned the fundamentals of the game after moving there when he was six years old. Bryant’s father moved to Italy to play professional basketball and his son picked up the sport, learning the basics with a kids’ basketball team. Their request has been denied by the Lega Calcio – but Goal’s report claims AC Milan plan to wear black armbands anyway, even without approval.Bryant, who spent more than seven years of his childhood in Italy, was a huge AC Milan supporter. When he met with Thierry Henry in 2016, the American revealed that his favourite player growing up was Marco van Basten. “I grew up a huge AC Milan fan that was my team,” Bryant said, per the Independent. “I was right there with Van Basten, [Frank] Rijkaard, [Ruud] Gullit, [Paolo] Maldini was just getting started and we had [Franco] Baresi. That was my team.”Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Kobe Bryant: Three of the nine victims bodies recovered from crash site “Passing, screening, moving off the ball, shooting. All the basics,” Bryant told online basketball publication SLAM last September. “And if we did scrimmage, we’d scrimmage full court, no dribbles allowed. “So that set the foundation for me for how I came to understand the game, and how I now teach the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 AC Milan’s desire to honour Kobe Bryant in their Coppa Italia game against Torino on Tuesday evening has been rejected by Italian football’s governing bodies, according to Goal. The Serie A giants wanted to pay homage to the NBA legend, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, by wearing black armbands. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?