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Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose AP

Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so.

Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via

“The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s going to fight to win, and not too many teams can deal with him.

“Chris Paul is really the only other guy in the league, other than Derrick Rose, who also has that competitive edge.”

Go ahead and insert your own LeBron James joke here, I’m not doing it for you.

Far be it from me to question Kobe, but I think there are other guys on that list — Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, plus Kevin Garnett and Tim Ducan (even if their bodies don’t let them play like it every night anymore). Kevin Durant should be on that list, too. Oh, and LeBron will be on that list soon, too.

  1. qdog112 - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Isn’t that special … “Oh, and LeBron will be on that list soon, too.”
    That’s a punchline – right? Should he have listed all future players who will get there soon or wait for them to get there first? The other point is that there are other players who match their tenacity, but they are not top tier players. Kobe is right.

    • anilyzerr - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      I know, right? That is sort of unintentionally comical… Kobe says, firmly (and you know how intense Kobe is) that “there are only TWO other players in the NBA that have that quality that I’m talking about.”

      Then the article explains what Kobe says and quotes him, and at the end it says “And I totally agree and would never question Kobe, but all these other guys also need to be on that list– ” followed by a list of every guy with a shoe contract basically.

      It’s like… people say they understand what how good Kobe is and what it means to say that he is in another “stratosphere” but then they continually say things that show precisely that they don’t know… such as, there is this group of 12 or so other “big name” players and shoe contracts with a lot of advertising behind them that we can just group in there with Kobe, in other words, who are basically “just as good”, more or less… which is just bollocks. Another stratosphere = another stratosphere.

      • anilyzerr - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        btw, the way Kobe is playing right now, and unleashed in the current system, you know it is only a matter of time till he messes around and drops a Benjamin on some hapless team

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Dirk didn’t touch a basketball for two months. Manu and Duncan are great players but clearly not in the Kobe stratosphere.

    Wade is in that league.

    My memory could be wrong on this…but the most consistent goal that I’ve heard from LeBron is the desire to be the first billionaire basketball player. People pick up on this and would prefer excellence on the court over excellence on the balance sheet.

  3. jerseyfinatic - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Awwww I think Kurt is butt hurt again. It’s ok Kurt, your man’s, Lebrons, time will come. No need to be all defensive. Kobe>LeBron……but that will NEVER change.

  4. hystoracle - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Headline suggests Kobe was arrogantly comparing other players to himself. When the quote is merely pointing out the guys he feels are the toughest to play against. Bad headline..

  5. ispysomething7 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The key word in the last sentence of this god-forsaken blog is “soon”. “Soon” is not good enough. LeBron has been in this league way to long to be using the word “soon”. And I wouldn’t include Wade in the list either. I would have included him pre-LeBron. But ever since LeBron got there, Wade’s focus is lost. Making fun of Dirk and coughing back stage before a ‘ship game? Even Tom Creen was embarrassed. Never would have happened pre-LeBron. Wade has a ‘ship you say? That ‘ship was given to him courtesy of the NBA refs. Every time Dallas sneezed, Wade went to the line. Any ‘ship won from here on out was done with unsurmisable talent. LeBron has talent, yes, but no where near the talent Kobe has had, does have, and will have. Soon, Kobe will go down as one of the greatest to ever play.

  6. illegalblues - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I agree with Kobe on this. Those three have a killer instinct that the rest of the league doesn’t have. Lebron seems like he almost feels sorry for himself in crunch time. Kid is soft.

  7. jetsfaninmiami - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Gimme Wade anytime, you can keep LeChoke.

  8. docsweeney - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Pretty simple, guys like Rose appreciate the chance to play and get it. LeBron has been coddled and told how great he is his whole life. Talented, no doubt. However, he has no real edge to him. Just does not have that level of desire.

  9. Fantasy Football Legend - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I dont think LeBron will be. I can agree on Duncan and Durant for sure. Myself I think Westbrook holds back Durant and that team.

  10. mrlitl - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I think Kurt actually does have a man-crush on LeBron. He’s good, but nowhere near as tough as Kobe, Wade, Rose, or Paul.

  11. hoytdadd64 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Kobe is answering a question as well as sending a message to LA’s front office, there’s a reason he only mentioned the two best pg’s in the league…

    • goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      I don’t get it, LA isn’t getting either one of them, and what makes you think either would want to play with a broken Kobe? Rose IS the Bulls, and Paul is at least the co-Man w/ Griffin.

      • makjak2 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        “a broken Kobe?” Are you blind? Have you watched any basketball this season?

      • goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Dude’s playing great. Dude also has a fscked-up wrist, bad knees, and is in his 16th year, plus 2 extra for playoff games (which are even tougher than the regular season). If you were Paul/Rose, would you want to tie the next 4-5 years of your career to a guy so near the end? Feel free, a dollar says they’re smarter than that.

      • hoytdadd64 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        I know Lakers aren’t getting one of those two, but I beleive there’s a reason he only mentioned POINT GAURDS (pg’s), there’s a reason he isn’t saying the game get’s easier with Dwight Howard…at least that’s what i read into it.

  12. goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    That’s funny-“Oh, and LeBron will be on that list soon, too.”

    You don’t learn desire, dude. You have it or you don’t. Guess who doesn’t.

  13. deshackle - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    To be like Kobe you must be willing to put it up 30 to 50 times per game. The only player like Kobe in the league right now is Carmelo Anthony.

  14. crafttractor1234 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Kurt took LeChoke’s dick out of his mouth just long enough to type that last sentence. Then he was right back to the business at hand…

  15. borderline1988 - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Obviously Kobe’s intention here is to take a shot at Lebron. Kobe would never compare himself to anyone (he thinks he’s better than everyone) unless he’s really trying to insult someone else.

    Ho hum. The only reason I wish Lebron could win a few titles is to put Kobe down a few notches. He’s the most overrated leader in NBA history. Poor FG% for an all-star at his position, and yet his entire game is about shooting the ball. Sure he get’s hot for a few quarters or even games at a time, but let’s face it, when the stats even out at the end of the season, he will have led the league in shots by a massive margin and be shooting a pedestrian 45%, while his 2 fellow all-star forwards will be in the 50 -55% range.

  16. max20characters - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Give credit when credit is due. LeBron is by far the best player in the league right now. It bothers me to see people hate on the man so much. If CP3 is “better” than Lebron how come he doesnt have a ring with pretty much the same supporting cast James had in Cleveland. I love both CP3 and Lebron but I’d rather have James on my team. (Coming from a Warrior fan)

  17. cluelessdufus - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    i like this list but i hope you know that there guards there guards that turned teams around in a year does the most amazing hits those clutch shots lebron is a high scoring forward who does it all but Rose, Bryant,Paul have done that i recall my bulls Derrick Rose hit a clutch shot against Bryant.Derrick Rose won the MVP in three years seriously Lebron didnt do that tell his 6th season

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