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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Picks His NBA Legends All-Time Starting 5

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Kobe PracticeThere has been a lot of talk lately surrounding the all-time starting lineups. We’ve had legendary players like Karl Malone picking their all-time starting five and other legends such as Julius Erving and Michael Jordan talking about where they would take current players compared to the all-time legends.

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In an interview on ESPN Radio 710 on Wednesday afternoon, Kobe Bryant talked about who he would take if he had to choose a starting lineup on his all-time team. Here’s what he had to say, and what players he picked.

“It’s not hard for me – Magic, Jordan, Bird, Russel and (Abdul)-Jabbar.”

When looking at who he selected, there’s one consistent theme: winning. Nobody on the squad has won less than three championships (Bird), and Magic (5), Kareem and Jordan (6) and Bill Russell (11) are some of the best winners in league history.

I guess it was a tad surprising Kobe didn’t put himself in the lineup, but considering how frequently Bryant has talked about how he looked up to Jordan growing up it’s not a surprise that he puts them up there. Plus, in multiple scenarios, he’s admitted that Jordan is the best player in NBA history.

In the interview, Kobe also talked about how the team needs to lock up Dwight Howard long term.

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  • Doug Morgan

    Surprised he didn’t put HIMSELF in the lineup? C’mon, now. Who would do that?!

  • John Bauer

    Yes but I don’t think any list can leave out Kareem that sky hook was unique & as Carly Simon would sat ” Nobody does it better ! ! !

  • jackmouve

    Give me GP, Kobe, Jordan, Rodman and Shaq and come get some….! and Pippen comin off the bench, six of the best two way players EVER!

  • Wolf81

    Hats off to Kobe – a true student of the game. More than winning championships, all five are players could delivered in the clutch in big games. Who would want the ball in Shaq’s or Rodman’s hands with 6 secsonds left in a game 7 championship?

  • Mikey

    I’ll take Magic, Kobe, Pippen, Duncan, and Olajuwan

  • Adrian Dois Sos

    i wouldn’t choose russell

  • Hi-c De La Cruz

    Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal.
    Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

  • Hi-c De La Cruz

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony or Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol.

    • Trofted6806

      Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal.
      Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

  • Michael Ho

    This is the first time I had to disagree with Kobe. Here’s the top 5:
    Kobe
    Michael Jordan
    Chamberlain
    Shaq
    John Stockton

  • Big Game James

    Magic.Jordon,Hakeem,Bird and Dr,J!

    • Big Game James

      Barkley at PF if Bird wasn’t so special….and maybe LeBron soon at SF in place of the Dr.

      • yomama

        Bird wasn’t so special, did you grow up in a cave???

    • Paytc

      Hands down, no doubt” Magic” and Jordan.

      I do like Hakeem but I would take Jabbar before him.

      Then the list of best can’t leave Kobe and Oscar Robinson out.

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