Video: That Time Kobe And Jimmy Fallon Went On A Beer Run In 1996
Jimmy Fallon, who seems to be making the most of his week-long stint in Los Angeles by churning out the hottest viral vids, had ailing Lakers star Kobe Bryant on his show last night and the two shared a story of their days of burgeoning stardom in Los Angeles.
Bryant, rocking a sling because of season-ending surgery, recalls that the last time the two of them ever saw each other was in 1996, during his rookie season with the Lakers and before Fallon made it onto SNL and ruined every sketch with his laughter. The two relative-nobodies found themselves at a party and tasked with making a beer run.
"We're just kind of... nobodies, so they said 'Why don't you guys go out and get some beers or something,'" Kobe recalls. The Lakers star was only 18 at the time, so it seems like Fallon would be doing the buying. Of course this was in the pre-smartphone era, so the pair had no idea where to go and found themselves at a Pink Dot, a fine source of alcohol but delivery-only.
The solution? As Fallon tells it, the Kobe pulled his ID out and held it up to the glass and told the clerk, "I'm a Laker!" They made off with five cases of beer. Sounds like it was more successful than that time he hung out with Nicole Kidman.