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Sixers’ Roy Hibbert opens up about investment with Kobe Bryant; calls Lakers great a ‘killer on and off the court’

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Former NBA center and now Philadelphia 76ers player development coach Roy Hibbert learned a lot during his brief stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015-16. And his connection with the team and Kobe Bryant helped him prepare for life after basketball.

In an interview with Ben Standig of The Athletic, the new Sixers coach revealed that he invested on Kobe Bryant’s venture capital funds. He then acknowledged Kobe’s business acumen, calling the Lakers icon a “killer on and off the court.”

“I didn’t like bouncing around from team to team (late in my career), but playing with the Lakers I had a good rapport with Kobe (Bryant). His VC fund, I invested some money with him. He’s a killer on and off the court,” Hibbert explained.

“I have some investments that I won’t get into right now, but they’re producing. I make my money work for me.”

Hibbert was a perennial Eastern Conference contender with the Indiana Pacers in his days with Danny Granger, George Hill, David West and a young Paul George. The two-time All-Star, however, was out of the league by 2017 as the NBA became more guard-oriented.

Fortunately for Hibbert, he knows how to take care of his money and didn’t allow himself to go broke unlike some of his NBA peers before him. His time with the Lakers helped him, and now, he will look to provide guidance to players — both on and off the court.