You might recall a confusing anecdote that made the rounds earlier this year where Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka claimed Kobe Bryant had a dinner with Heath Ledger to talk about his performance in The Dark Knight and channeled that energy into dropping over 60 points at Madison Square Garden . This immediately sent up red flags of even the most lax movie watchers, as its well known that Ledger died before The Dark Knight was released.
Pelinka was criticized for fabricating a story, but now Kobe is saying he just got the details confused.
There's video of Pelinka telling the Kobe-Ledger story. How come someone blatantly lie like that? pic.twitter.com/hsh1u8wwp7— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) May 28, 2019
Bryant said in a new interview with the podcast Knuckleheads that, prior to the game, he fell down a wormhole researching the way that Ledger committed himself to the role of the Joker. He was inspired by the level of commitment and took it with him into the game.