Kobe Bryant Kicks Larry Nance Jr. Off Bench, Makes Rookie Sit On Floor (Video)

When you’ve accomplished as much as Kobe Bryant, you earn the right to pull rank every once in a while.

That’s exactly what Bryant did Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard was inactive for his team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a sore right shoulder. But Bryant still was at Staples Center, and when he strolled along the sideline in the first quarter to take a seat on the bench, he realized every spot was taken.

So, he decided to just kick a teammate out of his seat.

That poor teammate was Larry Nance, Jr., the same rookie forward who had to apologize earlier this season for a nasty tweet he sent about Kobe a few years ago.

Nance was forced to sit on the floor, which we’re sure he didn’t enjoy, considering he played 23 minutes in the Lakers’ 92-90 loss. But the 23-year-old said all the right things after the game.

Good job taking the high road, Larry.

Thumbnail photo via Danny Moloshok/Associated Press

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