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Kobe Bryant On LeBron James, Championships And ‘Ridiculous’ Challenge

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Lakers franchise star Kobe Bryant has been making his media rounds during his World Cup travels. From surprising basketball fans when he revealed that soccer was actually his favorite sport to commenting about Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs winning another NBA title, Bryant has been quite chatty this off-season.

In an interview discussing whether Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi needed a World Cup in order to be considered great, CNN’s Alex Thomas asked Bryant if the same applied to Miami Heat superstar LeBron James:

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He has two of them,” Bryant told CNN referring to James’ two championships. “For us players, it really becomes about how many you get, which sounds absolutely ridiculous, right? Because you’re really lucky and fortunate to win one, but now it’s become so jaded that it’s like, ‘Okay you only won one or you only won two, you should win five or six, which is absolutely ridiculous, but none the less that’s the challenge that we deal with.”

Bryant is all too familiar with greatness being synonymous with championships. Basketball fans have been using championships to compare NBA greats for decades. Michael Jordan’s six rings will always give him a leg up to Bryant’s five, unless of course, Kobe catches Jordan. And, in the eyes of many, James will never be considered one of the great ones, until he has a ring for every digit on his left hand.

It’s refreshing to hear Bryant refer to the notion that an NBA great needs to win a handful of rings as “ridiculous.” Nevertheless, Bryant will surely continue to respect the challenge. After all, Bryant’s said the only thing he’s pushing towards during the last legs of his career is the pursuit of number six.

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  • iEATcelticBabies

    lets go lakers , lets go !!!

  • DeycallmeEZ

    Remember to draft smart Lakers… Draft Smart ;)

    • jhernandez1981

      Then they should get Randle instead of another point guard whose only good on one side of the ball

      • ronnie

        Im guessing you mean defense cause he d’s up i’ll take vonleh over randall if we talking bigs thoo

        • jhernandez1981

          Smart’s a solid defensive player, but his offense is spotty as hell. Vonleh might be okay in a few years, he’s good shot blocker at the college level but he’s lanky and kinda graceless. Randle on the other hand is far more athletic and physically developed, averaged a high double double per game, and is a much better passer. In my mind Vonleh is a guy you get if you cant get the more versatile player. We’ll see what happens, who knows what the front office is thinking.

  • freakziilla

    screw all the b.s lakers need to get labron like they got shaq,, kobes got two years left in him pass the tourch to james all pcs will fall in.

    • Michael Pastore

      stfu dumbass fuck LeBron this is Kobe’s team

    • Steel Bill Moreland

      Send Lebron back to Clev.Lebron is the only player that thinks he any good.The Lakers is still Kobe’s team.

  • kramzzyyy

    lets be “SMART” on this year’s draft!

    • Ron Mexico

      A non-playmaking point guard or a bad shooting shooting guard?! I’ll pass. Noah if he’s available if not, Lavine

    • VillainKing

      Better choice for the Lakers is Marcus Smart..

      • Tyrone Von Gilyard

        best choice for lakers are smart or randle. fuck vonleh. lavine cool.. but no vonleh

  • limdog

    This was the Lakers plan all along with all those one year deals. Free up cap space to sign someone decent. Now if they could just find a way to buy out Nash and free up more space they could contend.

    • Kp

      Lakers are done!!

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    Kobe’s correct, “rings” are over-rated when evaluating individual excellence. For goodness sakes, Robert Horry has more rings than Michael Jordan and just about everyone has more rings than all-time great players like Baylor, Barkley, Ewing, Nique, Maravich, etc.

    No individual player has ever won a ring, only T-E-A-M-S win rings.

    - Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book” a Choose Your Own Adventure sports book for adults

    • lost_4_words

      How many Finals MVP awards did Robert Horry claim? How many 3-peats did he contribute to?

      • Bryant T. Jordan

        I think you misunderstood me. I was NOT claiming that Robert Horry was better than Jordan (or even Barkley, Ewing, Nique, etc.).

  • Cool Pare

    Well a ring adds greatness to a pkayer but doesn’t solely relies on it. Basketball is a team effort and that wins the ring. Look at all the great players as mentioned….they maybe at Jordans greatness but without that single piece of the puzzle they fell short. I think they work hand in hand. Rings + star player = legends

  • toto

    When you take less money to play for the team you love Lakers is admirable Nick young you have my respects!!!!

  • Rita Long

    You have to love Kobe. He keeps it real He does not care who it is or who He Hurts. Like Heat they lost 4 games at least 17 – 20. That was laughable. Since Labronda James said to His team just follow me on the floor.

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