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Quote of the Day: Lil’ Wayne says Kobe Bryant is the GOAT

May 10, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

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“He’s inspired not only songs, but he’s inspired me in life in general just the way he attacks things, the way he never backs down, the way he fights through injury. …. I believe he’s the greatest player to touch a basketball.”

—Lil’ Wayne, being interviewed at Staples Center during Game 5 of the playoff series against Denver Tuesday. (Hat tip to IamaGM.)

That game is what divides people about Kobe on the court — he was both the only reason the Lakers were in it and why they got away from what won them three games in the series. He scored 43 points and because the other Lakers were passive in that game he willingly took on more and more of the offense to push for the win — he had 32 shots, the rest of the starters had 34 combined. The Lakers got away from beating Denver on the inside. Late in the game Kobe helped he Lakers make it close with three straight three pointers in the final 2:30, but then he missed his last three shots in the final minute, each more difficult than the last. What you think of Kobe’s performance in that game speaks to what you really think of Kobe.

  1. diamondmo33 - May 11, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Progress2011 u are so on point with your post. That’s exactly what nas meant when
    He said hip-hop is dead

    • progress2011 - May 11, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      Mos Def has a cut also that speaks about the demise of Real Rap, called “The Rape Over”.

  2. inzaynely - May 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Lil Wayne u on drugs?! First u talk crap lets face it you got a couple of good songs atleast 3-5!!?? These is another crap shit from u. So if you did not get to see MJ to in his prime please use you money and time wisely, go buy some MJ DVDs and start watching him and then you tell the world who is the GOAT. It might even help u, youll might get inspired and create better songs than what you have & might stop you for saying crap statement. If not just keep that ugly mouth of yours shut when it comes to sports just shut your f$&@?$ mouth!!

    • inzaynely - May 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Also kobe might be honored to be in the conversation of the GOAT but it disrespect the GOAT in a lot of ways. Hell he’s name doesnt eve deserve to be mentioned next to MJ neither is lebron so please to the person post this article quit your job before you disrespect more people..

      • The Prophet - May 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        I know you kids were likely brought up on Michael Jordan, so you turned on every commercial and heard every media outlet pronounce him the GOAT since 1992, but being marketed as the GOAT during the hottest period fro the NBA is not the same as being it. Also being the NBA’s biggest draw also doesn’t MAKE you the GOAT, and if you think being the GOAT was why he was the biggest draw, again note magazine’s like “Sport” who had a cover in 1992, after one friggin championship as the greatest basketball player of all time. Every media source bought into that, the refs followed suit, and everyone made money off of the golden goose. So I don’t buy this automatic assumption of Jordan as the best ever because I’ve been told that by the media years before he could ever make a legit claim as that. There have been more truly legendary NBA players than NFL guys even and people too quickly whip out MJ. For instance I’d put Kareem, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Magic ahead. These guys carried teams. The era of championship teams being “assembled” through BS trades began in the Jordan era. Not a coincidence. Kobe Bryant won 5 rings over a very long span of time and is still relatively young. So this talk of he shouldn’t even be “mentioned” with MJ? Come on now, you’re letting your “Be like Mike” Gatorade/Hanes/Nike conditioning cloud your judgment. I’m not necessarily a big Kobe fan, but he has proven himself to be one of the best ever and after winning 5 rings he certainly deserves consideration, even if its coming from someone as goofy as Lil’ Wayne.

  3. thezeynmaster - May 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    the only people that compare Michael and Kobe are Kobe fans. I think that says it all :)

    • loungefly74 - May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      ehhh…not true. MJ is the greatest but with Kobe being the greatest during the post-MJ era, comparisons are a natural tendency.

      • thezeynmaster - May 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Comparisons would have been a natural tendency only if people hadn’t been so biased. People have a memory like a sieve. Thank God we still have the numbers/stats. Just look at their playoff averages:
        MJ: 33,4 pts, 49 pct fg, 6,4 reb, 5,7 assists
        Kobe:25,4 pts, 45 pct fg 5,1 reb, 4,8 assists
        Not even close! There has to be a proximity to compare these two.
        Secondly, I don’t agree with idea that Kobe is the greatest after MJ. I think it is Tim Duncan who is also the greatest PF of all-time. And Shaq could also be mentioned in that argument. But I would definitely say that Kobe is the best SG after Jordan.

      • loungefly74 - May 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        it’s closer than you think. what about 3′s made? kobe is better. people can slant stats but that’s not the point i was making. yes i agree that TD would/should be considered to be one of the best during the post-MJ era (any era actually!) but nobody compares PF’s to SG’s…they compare G’s to G’s…again, a natural tendency…not so much a biasm. they compare TD to karl malone. going back to the point of the article, if someone wants to say kobe is great and all that jazz, fine, it’s their opinion…though a very popular opinion. if you disagree, fine as well.

      • thezeynmaster - May 19, 2012 at 3:30 AM

        Yes, Kobe is a better three point shooter, that’s it. This is the only field he’s better. I won’t even talk about the differences between leadership skills. But this is not my point. People are unfair to compare Michael with anybody who ever played the game of basketball. I do think Kobe is great. When he’s done he will probably be in top 10 players of all time. But, I think Michael is the greatest sports player of all time. That’s why there is a huge difference…
        A short story to end it: One day Horace Grant beats him at table tennis. MJ had never played it before; he gets so angry, buys a table , goes home works for hours and hours… finally he comes back and beats everybody in the roster.

  4. soopreme - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    This comparison is absurd.
    You can make the case that Dwade and Kobe are same player., Their career numbers are the same( Dwades slightly better) and you would be crazy to think Dwade would not of won championships with Shaq in his prime.
    Secondly, Kobe has been in the league 16 years and has won 1 reugular season league mvp award and he will finish his career with one. Jordan has 5 league mvp awards and 6 finals mvp awards. If league mvp awards are not important than why did Jordan get 5?
    When its all said in done he will barely crack the top 15 all time.
    Champions have more to do with the team (talent around you) and the coach.

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