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Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:22 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Kobe Bryant has never been shy. Not with the ball in his hands and not with his words. He tells it like it is, says what he means and is often a bit braggadocios with it, which obviously, he has reason to be.

Following the Lakers loss to the Clippers Saturday, Kobe paid Chris Paul, and Derrick Rose, about as high a compliment there is from the Black Mamba.

"He's a dog," Kobe told reporters. "He's going to fight to win, and not too many teams can deal with him.

"Chris Paul is really the only other guy in the league, other than Derrick Rose, who has also that competitive edge," he continued.

Notice the names missing from Kobe's list there. No LeBron James. No Dwyane Wade. No Kevin Durant. No Dirk Nowitzki. No Kevin Garnett. Nope, on Kobe's personal power rankings of players that possess the same competitive edge as him, it goes Kobe and then CP3 and Rose in some order.

That's just Kobe talking, which he likes to do. It's not a slight to the other players but more just something that shows the respect Kobe has for Rose and Paul. Still, it seems like quite an oversight to leave out players like Wade, Durant and Dirk. 

And really, what exactly is that "competitive edge" that Kobe speaks of? What tells him that CP3 and Rose have it? What makes him think that those guys are on another level when it comes to wanting to win? It's just Kobe's opinion and he's more than entitled to that, but still, it's quite a thing to only put two players in your category in terms of competitiveness. Kobe wants to be Michael Jordan, who had a legendary amount of it. And only a couple others are in that territory, evidently.
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:54 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Chi-Towns D Rose.  Kobe is correct on this one, the guys left off the list have a competitive spirit, but they dont posses that killer instict.  Kobe definatly had it in his career, Paul im not too sure about just because i do not see him play enough, but Rose wants to beat you and make you realize you have a long way to go in order to get to his level.  It been talked about here in Chicago for 2 year now and it finally is being realized by the rest of the country.  D Rose cares about one thing and one thing only, WINNING.   



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:54 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

also what has Paul done in this legue that anyone can remember , besides for demanding a trade?

how about taking the lowly hornets to the #2 seed in the western conference playoffs, pretty impressive feat if you ask me



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:35 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

all this over a game that does not matter, by someone that does not matter.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:07 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Let's just call it what it is:  High praise for CP3 and Rose, and not read into it so much.  Those other guys have it but he sees more of it in those two.  Furthermore, he sees what we dont see.  That after the game look.  Perhaps he feels that Wade and Lebron are too eager to go out and smile after losses.  AND with all of that said, who cares what Kobe really has to say anyway.  I often laugh how I hang to these guys words after the game and the reality is that if they did not play basketball, I would never ever dream of listening to any of them.  Take Allen Iverson for example.... 



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:03 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

How could he say CP3 has his fire. Didnt Paul ask to be traded to a team that had 2 other stars so he could win a ring. I hate kobe but he plays no matter what the situation is. Paul looks for a way out and also what has Paul done in this legue that anyone can remember , besides for demanding a trade?



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:59 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

And yet still a secondary drive compared to Jordan's will to win!


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:56 am
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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:48 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

@cactuskev,


I agree. He made that face the other night in the Clipper game and I just started laughing. Is he the best closer in the NBA today? No doubt. But that tough guy face is just amusing..    &n
bsp;  



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:46 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Actually, the list is....


1. Michael Jordan 

2. Everyone else you have named 



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:18 am
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

So Kidd, Terry, and Dirk swept Kobe out of the playoffs last year and none of them have the fire that Kobe has. LOL 


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