At the Grizzlies' media day, Simmons told Grind City Media that he is named after Kobe Bryant and was a fan of the former Lakers' star growing up, saying he "admired" his game. Simmons also told reporters that he wasn't upset about going undrafted.
“I mean, I’m here,” Simmons said. “So, I don’t think you can be in a lot of bad spirits about that.”
Next up, Simmons and the Grizzlies will face Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and the 76ers on Wednesday in Philadelphia.