The latest head-scratching story about Lakers GM Rob Pelinka involves his former client, Kobe Bryant, and the late actor, Heath Ledger.

ESPN’s Baxter Holmes recently detailed the story from back in March 2018, when Kobe allegedly asked to meet Ledger after watching his performance as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

According to Pelinka, Kobe picked Ledger’s brain about how he got into character for that iconic role, and then used that mentality during a game against the Knicks.

That apparently never happened. 

Via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight,'” Pelinka said. “Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there.’ So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role.

“And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks.”

“The Dark Knight” was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died. A source with direct knowledge said no such arrangement was made and no dinner ever took place.

The film was released July 18, 2008, and Bryant didn’t play the Knicks in Madison Square Garden until Feb. 2, 2009. At that point, Ledger had been dead for more than a year.

Total lie. 

Sound pathological.  

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