Nance’s NBA career had just begun in Los Angeles as Bryant’s came to a close in 2015-16. The juxtaposition between their stages of life created a space for learning. Nance had much to learn as a rookie in the NBA. Bryant never stopped learning, subsequently teaching the impressionable rookies and young players. “Just watching him you could see his passion for the game. Forget the game, his passion for just wanting to learn,” Nance said. “We had guys come in the locker room and speaking different languages, Marcelo Huertas speaking Brazilian and Portuguese and all this stuff, and Kobe would do his best to pick up on that. And just his thirst for knowledge was just really impressive.”