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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.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:30 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

You guys are hating Kobe for speaking his mind. Most athletes just say whatever makes them look good but Kobe really says what he's thinking. You don't have to like him but you should respect him. Sure he has an ego but he has the right to have an ego.

And to you saying he couldn't win a championship without Shaq or Gasol: those guys couldn't have won one without him either. When Shaq went to the Heat he couldn't have won without Dwade. Kobe has been the face of the Lakers and the NBA for years and even as he ages, he still puts up great numbers.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:29 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

I know Kobe is a fierce competitor because he makes a fierce competitor face when he makes a shot in the 2nd half.  Until CP3 or Rose make that face, they just arent competing as hard.

Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:24 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe is such a ball hog that on saturdays game, Kobe scored 19 points in the 3rd quarter and took like every shot for the Lakers. At the sametime Kobe took his whole team out of the game. Kobe's killer instint cost his team the game the other night against the Clippers. Kobe thinks he is the best. Even though he couldn't win the Championship without Shaq and Gasol. People talking about Lebron teaming up with Wade and Bosh. Kobe has had some great teammates too. Kobe NEVER would of won any Championships without Shaq or Gasol. 

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:23 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe the only "egde" you ever had was having 7 foot monsters on your team i.e. Shaq, Pau, Bynum. 

You'll never be MJ, KD, D Rose, and Lebron have taken your "spot" at the top. 

You'll never win another championship.

KD led the league in scoring 2 years in a row in only his 3rd and 4th season in the NBA. Kobe didn't get the scoring title until his his 9th season. All Kobe is, is a scorer and he's not even the best scorer any more. KD is.

I hate Lebron but Lebron can score and play defense. Kobe defense? Laugh.

D Wade can score and play defense. 

I'm so sick of Kobe "I either made it or I got fouled" Bryant. He is one of the most talented scorers ever but he's that's it not that being that is anything to spit at but he's not a complete player. He gets more credit for the Lakers winning than he deserves.  

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:09 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe .... are you serious ? MJ the fiercest competitor of all time. Period !!! End of story. Oh yeah ... most talented player too.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:49 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

K-Love.. Passion and commitment... looking forward to Reeeeky giving him opportunities to score... boom

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:34 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

lol treeguys1 kobe as good as MJ my ass not in the same league as MJ period. laughed so hard i shat myself kobe had the best help money can buy. MJ had a revolving cast around him other than scotty and still beat anyone in his way.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:29 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

you mean joining forces with his buddies lebron n bosh means wade has the same competitive fire? BS. It just shows he wants the path of least resistance to get his ring. Whatever fire he had before is long gone.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:18 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Old News, huh? three straight 40 point games is old. Dummy

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:17 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

He has as much of that edhe as MJ had and being a longtime fan I have not seen that type of edge in anyone except Kobe and MJ. Bird and Magic were close in there will to win and those two guys are two of my favorates of all time but they are a step down from Kobe and MJ in that catagory. No one is good as Kobe in todays game and I wouldn't take anyone over him to win a title this year or mabee even next. I love the way people talked of him going down hill last year because his scoring average went down to just over 25 ppg however what the geniuses failed to understand is he played less minites and his ppm were just as good as the previous 3 years. Now  he playing more minites and we see more scoring and a system that get him open more as well. The Lakers are 1-2 changes away from having a good chance at another title but unless the point guard situation id fixed they are longshops at making it. Having other point guards enjoy a career day each game vs the Lakers is ridiculas. But all in all like him or hate him he is one of the best of all time in which he has done things no one including MJ has ever done.

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