Lakers recruit’s awkward Bryant tweet

The 22-year-old was the 27th pick at last week's NBA draft, and will play alongside some of the biggest names in the NBA, most notably Kobe Bryant. But that's where it starts going a little bit downhill for Nance.

Following the Wyoming ace's move, an old tweet, made more than three years earlier, started doing the rounds on Twitter, and it was anything but complimentary of Bryant. 

Nance was making reference to the allegations of sexual assault made against Bryant in Colorado in 2003.

While the internet had a chuckle at Nance's expense, the youngster looked to reach out to Bryant and apologise, attempts which to Nance's relief have been well received.

Speaking to ESPN’s Jemele Hill at the BET Experience, Bryant downplayed the situation and insisted all was well with his new team-mate.

"The kid figured it out himself," Bryant said. "He's a kid, man. He actually sent me a great message [Friday], which is really funny. I looked at it [the message], and it was like, 'This is when you know it's about time to hang these things up, when your teammate writes you, Hi, Mr. Bryant.'

"I was like, 'What the f—?' But it was really nice and apologetic about what had happened. I said, 'Dude, listen. We've all said things and done things that we regret and wish we could take back. It's water under the bridge, man. Welcome to the team.' He writes back, 'Thank you, sir.'"

But that doesn't mean Bryant and Nance are going to be friends – especially if Nance can't handle a bit of sarcasm.

When asked what the worst thing he's ever done to a team-mate is, Bryant gave it some thought and responded: “I’m not sure if the fact that I’m thinking about the worst things that I’ve said really means that I haven’t said that many, or maybe I’ve said too many. 

"I’m scrolling through them [in my mind]. I’m like on iPod shuffle. 

"I have made somebody cry before…. There are certain players that I’ve made cry. If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want to play with you in the playoffs if that’s making you cry.”

Let's hope everyone can just get along.