5. “These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.”
Kobe Bryant has a unique style of play when he is on the floor. He can dominate the game with his killer shooter instinct, as shown with his remarkable 81-point massacre against the Toronto Raptors in early 2006. He can also orchestrate the team with his amazing passing and play calling. In addition to his wide array of talents, he has created an offensive style that complements the triangle offense, which is in of itself a complicated style of play. It takes experience to master this type of style, and Kobe clearly is in his own separate world in terms of talent. The younger players on his team cannot match his basketball IQ as it is too high, but that can be a problem as he sees the floor very differently. When the ball is in his hand, only Bryant knows what is going to happen and that could very well be the reason why he is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers.