LeBron James, Kobe Bryant respond to Jordan’s one-on-one comment
But it’s good for people to talk about.” Jordan was listed as 6-foot-6 and 213 pounds during his prime. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game during his 15 seasons in the NBA. Jordan has made similar comments before regarding James and Bryant. In an interview with NBA TV earlier this year , Jordan said he would take Bryant over James if he had to choose one. And in an interview with ESPN The Magazine , Jordan suggested that King James would not be as successful if he played in Jordan’s era. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest basketball player ever, has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game. James, 6-8, 250 pounds, has averaged 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6 assists during his first 10 seasons in the league. The 50-year-old Jordan, who was a five-time league MVP and is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, also shared the cover in 2012 with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This year will be the first time on the cover for James, a four-time league MVP who has led the Heat to back-to-back NBA championships.
Kobe wanted Dwight to kick it up a notch and Howards mindset didnt exactly transcend in Los Angeles. Regardless of their differences, Dwight is gone and Kobe has clearly moved on saying the following about Howards departure during media day on Sept. 28: Honestly, man, I dont really give a s—. Along with Kobe not really caring about Dwight leaving Los Angeles, the five-time NBA champion already had a sense Howard wasnt coming back to the Lakers before their infamous meeting. Kobe believed Dwight had one foot out the door and it turns out that he wasn’t wrong. Kobe met with Dwight along with Steve Nash and Mitch Kupchak to give the final pitch to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. The pitch fell flat and Dwight ultimately left, but it seems as though Kobe believes Dwight had already made up his mind about Houston. With Kobe caring less about Dwight heading to Houston, the veteran guard is focused on the upcoming season and the team turning things around after the disastrous end to last year.
Kobe Bryant looks for closing touch
If his (Kobes) tenure with the Lakers was a timeless novel, the chapter about Dwight Howards stint would inexplicably be written in Comic Sans and the pages would stick together. Lets see how Kobe ended it Kobe Bryant Names His All-Time Starting Five, Surprisingly Doesnt Include Himself by Ricky Boebel | 1:57 pm, June 20th, 2013 Kobe Bryant went on ESPN Radio in LA yesterday and was asked for his all-time starting five. Without hesitation Bryant responded with Twilight Zone: The Miami Heat Are The Kobe-Era Lakers And Its Really Freaking Me Out by Zach Berger | 3:49 pm, June 19th, 2013 There is a glitch in the Matrix, and now the Heat are replicating exactly what the Lakers did three years earlier to the point that its almost a little bit scary. Previous Biggest Hits Error! Please enter a valid email. Error connecting to RotoExperts server. Success! You are now a RotoExperts subscriber.
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Dwight’s departure: ‘I don’t really give a s—‘
The most competitive basketball player to ever live thinks that in his prime he could beat Miami Heat forward LeBron James one-on-one. In an interview with 2K Sports for today’s release of NBA 2K14, Jordan weighed in on a long list of players, past and present and whether they could take his Airness one-on-one. LeBron came up. “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” This is actually nothing new from Jordan. Jordan took Bryant earlier this year in a question of which one he would pick. He also said James would not be as successful in Jordan’s era . It’s comparing apples to oranges, but I’m not going to dispute Jordan’s assessment. Jordan’s game is better suited to one-on-one. As freakishly strong as James is, Jordan was surprisingly strong, and has a much higher competitive streak.
Kobe Uncertain Of Return As Lakers Start Camp
Howard played one inconsistent season and ditched the Lakers, taking a smaller contract to play for the Houston Rockets . The mercurial center never got comfortable playing alongside Bryant and in the shadow of Los Angeles’ great centers, but the remaining Lakers aren’t sparing much thought for him these days. Bryant replied with an expletive when asked if he regretted Howard’s departure. “If he would have come back, it would have been great,” Bryant said. “If he didn’t, it’s not, so it’s not.” Bryant won’t be alone on the Lakers’ sideline at the start of camp. Gasol also will sit out at least the first few days of practice while easing back from offseason treatment on tendinosis in his knees, and Nash’s minutes will be heavily managed to keep him healthy. The Lakers have several new faces to work into coach Mike D’Antoni’s schemes after adding veterans Nick Young , Chris Kaman , Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson in the summer. D’Antoni didn’t get a training camp after arriving early last season, so he’s grateful for the time with the players and new assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis.
It’s a shame that he’s kind of hanging it up. But it’s still good to see.” It’s also a shame that the Yankees didn’t qualify for the playoffs. The man who made his name with dominant postseason performances won’t get to pitch in October again … which makes us wonder if we’ll see Kobe, veteran of seven NBA Finals, play again in June. The Lakers aren’t even picked to be the top team in their building this season. Besides the Clippers there are the Thunder, the eternal Spurs, the up-and-coming Warriors and, yes, Dwight Howard’s Rockets above them on the Western Conference ladder. The Lakers can’t entertain thoughts of disrupting that hierarchy until they know exactly what they have in Bryant. Although he reports good progress in his recovery, he still isn’t ready to run without the AlterG machine alleviating his weight, still can’t do defensive drills, still can’t practice.
VIDEO: Jordan says Kobe, not LeBron, could beat him in his prime
“Health is always a concern,” Bryant said. “That can really cripple a team as it did for us last year.” Bryant suffered the injury April 12, shattering any optimism on the Lakers’ already slim playoff hopes. Their success will ride once again on when Bryant returns and if he can mirror last season’s output when he averaged 27.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting, six assists and 5.6 rebounds. “I’ll wait until I’m ready to go,” Bryant said. “Our goal is to win a championship. That’s our expectation. But if we’re struggling and I can’t go because I’m physically not ready, I’m not going to jump out.” Nonetheless, Bryant seemed aggressive with his recovery. He had surgery on his Achilles the day after his injury.
Kobe Bryant Optimistic About His Recovery, But Lakers Have Other Health Concerns
It was a softball question. What did you think Jordan would say? I dont think I would lose. Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves. LeBron was asked about this Tuesday at Heat training camp (in the Bahamas, rough life) and his first reaction was to laugh that Jordan made the comment while promoting his game (remember LeBron is on the cover this year). Then LeBron said, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN: LeBron on MJ saying he could beat him 1-on-1 in their primes: “MJ said that? I’ve thought about the matchup but no one will ever see it.”
Kobe Bryant: No timetable yet for my return to Lakers
He said he wanted to play Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Lakers star Kobe Bryant , and Heat players Dwyane Wade and LeBron James . He said no one would beat him, except for Kobe Bryant because “he steals all my moves.” Later on Tuesday, the two modern-day legends responded. LeBron on MJ saying he could beat him 1-on-1 in their primes: “MJ said that? I’ve thought about the matchup but no one will ever see it.” Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 1, 2013 Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013 I like James’ response better, because James is essentially giving him the blank stare. “Oh, really? Cool story.” He doesn’t engage, doesn’t challenge the GOAT, a public fight he could never win, and boils it down to the bare facts, the question is irrelevant. (It’s fun, I have no issue with it, but taking it seriously is nonsense.) MJ on who’s better Jordan says Kobe, not LeBron, could beat him Bryant instead simply acknowledges he took things while basically saying “everyone does it!” I’m not sure what that accomplishes here, but it’s not like either star is losing sleep over it. Their playing days aren’t over.
Kobe Bryant: NBA legend revelling in proving his doubters wrong
(AP) Kobe Bryant stepped off a flight from Dubai and showed up at the Los Angeles Lakers training complex Saturday, joining his teammates for the first morning of training camp. Although Bryant is globetrotting comfortably on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon, hes still uncertain when hell join the Lakers on their practice court as they begin their return from a hugely disappointing season for the 16-time champion franchise. I feel good, Bryant said. I dont think we have a particular timetable as to where I should be right now, but Im feeling good. Kobe is more certain about a few other things: Hell come back strong from his injury, and the Lakers can contend for another title even without Dwight Howard. Our expectations are always the same going into every single season, Bryant said. Improve every single game with the goal in mind of winning the championship. Doesnt matter what anybody else is saying. Thats the goal that we have. After an offseason that began in mid-April when he tore his tendon in a game against Golden State, Bryant likely is still a long way from stepping on the practice court. Yet nobody around the Lakers is willing to predict any timetable for an athlete with almost supernatural recuperative powers.
Kobe, LeBron respond to Jordan’s one-on-one comments
If Kobe Bryant can win a sixth title, he’ll match Michael Jordan ‘s count. While the debate of who is the best player of all time is quite subjective, it’s fun to mull over. Jordan added a little fuel to the fire with his comments promoting the NBA 2K14 video game, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t think I would lose,” said Jordan, “other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves.” Bryant gave a quick response on Twitter. Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013 Bryant also tweeted a response to the Lakers ‘ ranking by ESPN as 12th in the Western Conference. 12th Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013 A man of few words in this instance, but clearly it’s on his mind as he works his way back from a torn Achilles.
Kobe Bryant responds to Michael Jordan’s comments on Twitter
Loved by some for his high-flying and impossible baskets, loathed by others for his reputation as a ball-hog and almost psychotic will. But everyone can agree that its his attitude that sets him apart from the rest of us. Bryant has no pre-game rituals or superstitions that he leans on, he just takes to the court each night knowing that he has prepared as well as one can. As a maniacal competitor, Bryant cant help but be frustrated by his current Achilles injury that robbed him and the Lakers of the chance to pursue another NBA ring a ring that for Bryant would be his sixth, matching the achievement of the man he has long been compared to, Michael Jordan. The Los Angeles Lakers maintains that his recovery is ahead of schedule and is confident of a return to the court by the time the new season rolls around. While in rehab, speculation will always arise that this injury might just be the one that sees his incredible 17-year career come to a shuddering halt, speculation that Bryant just loves to hear. I feel good, this is going to be a fun year, said the shooting guard in the UAE for a three-day visit.