NBA: Kevin Durant Opens Up About Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant, small forward for the 48-17 Oklahoma City Thunder, knows a little bit about scoring the basketball. He’s a four-time scoring champion, his points routinely average in the high 20s, and just look at that jump shot. It’s gorgeous. When he was in LA to take on the now lowly Los Angeles Lakers, Durant talked with InsideSoCal about Kobe Bryant, the LA shooting guard and five-time NBA Champion.
“He’s the greatest of all time,” said Durant. “His skill is second to none. Him and MJ are neck and neck as far as skill. You can put in athleticism and be the best passer and strongest and quickest. That’s why Kobe is the top two best ever in just having skill, footwork, shooting the three, shooting the pull up, posting up, dunking on guys, and ball handling. It’s flat out skill. Him and Jordan are 1 and 1A.”
Durant also downplayed his and his peers’ own accomplishments in light of Bryant’s career saying that “what guys are doing now is nothing compared to what he did. Me, Carmelo, LeBron, Paul George — what we’ve done out there in this league is nothing compared to what Kobe did.”