Countless NBA stars pay their respects to Kobe Bryant, proving the influence of the Los Angeles Lakers legend on the younger generation of basketball players.
Jason Tatum and Devin Booker usually honor Bryant’s memory before important games for the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, respectively. Giannis Antetokounmpo recently opened up about his relationship with the Lakers icon, saying he doesn’t like comparisons to Kobe because he didn’t get to know him very well.
Meanwhile, when Oklahoma City Thunder star Shay Gilgos Alexander got into a conversation about the greatest NBA players of all time during his “Shai Hoops” training camp, he picked Bryant ahead of LeBron James and Michael Jordan:
“Kobe is Michael Jordan on steroids…Kevin Durant is 7-foot-tall and can do everything Steph Curry can do…He’s Kobe 1, LeBron 2, and Mike 3.” They are all amazing. They are all the best ever.”
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Gilgos Alexander has argued Bryant’s competitiveness and five championship rings, as well as his extraordinary skills, generally make him the best basketball player of all time.
Skill-wise, he chose the 24-year-old glamorous star Kevin Durant as his number one. “Durant is 7-foot-tall and can do everything Steph Curry can do,” he said.
Gilgios Alexander was born in 1998, two years after Bryant joined the Lakers. He may not remember how Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal led Los Angeles to a three-peat in the early 2000s. However, the Thunder guard had Bryant’s prime around the time he started school and he can watch him win back-to-back titles alongside Paul Gasol between 2009-2010.
The Thunder guard is having a great season, averaging 31.1 points, 6.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks – all career highs. He also shoots 52.6% from the field and 39.1% from midfield, making a strong case for the MVP award this campaign.
O’Neal wishes he had spoken to Bryant more often
Shaquille O’Neal recently reminded O’Neal of his relationship with Bryant, saying he regrets that they didn’t talk much before the former teammate’s tragic death. “delay [getting in touch],” He said.
“I will never see Kobe again, in real life, forever. And I just had to call. He should have called. We both should have called but he works, I work, so he’s ‘I’ll see you when I see you’.”
He continued:[I thought]”We’re both going to get old. We’ll be together for the Lakers’ 50th anniversary. Other things shouldn’t be more important.” [than getting in touch]but the little things [got in the way]. ”
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