Kevin Durant: « Kobe Bryant is the greatest of all time. His skill is second to none »

In the never-ending ‘greatest of all time’ debate, a lot of former NBA players have put in their two cents as of late. It has come to a point where the debate actually is annoying. But, looking back, we can see that this debate has always existed. It just wasn’t always about LeBron and MJ.


Inside Hoops user eliteballer reposted an interesting interview, I had somehow missed four years ago. Back then, Kevin Durant still played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was loved by many NBA fans. Before a game in the 2013/14 NBA season against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers, Durant was asked by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News about admiring Kobe Bryant.

Durant then called Kobe Bryant the greatest of all time.

“Of course. He’s the greatest of all time. His skill is second to none. Him and [Michael Jordan] are neck and neck as far as skill. You can put in athleticism and be the best passer and strongest and quickest. But it’s about skill. I think that’s how his game is played. 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. They’re neck and neck as far as the skills are concerned.”

“Kobe plays his game no matter what with his intensity and focus and he will play to win. He also will do what he needs to do to get ready to play. If he sees a mismatch, he’ll take it down low and demand the ball. He’s one of those guys who will always bring the same intensity every time no matter who’s on the court.”


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