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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.
Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe is old news. Next.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:03 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

No Al Valkenheiser, I think it is more towards the fact that he is one of the best basketball players to ever play the game... i think thats more of what he is talking about... cute comment though.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

What Fire is he talking about ? The Fire To Rape and Cheat on His Wife , that  must be what he is talking about



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

 Dwayne Wade has it, and is right there with Kobe for best clutch player in the league. 
Eichler34, Kobe wasn't talking about being clutch, he's talking about competitive edge.   And naiwf is right, Wade removed himself from this list with his coddling of Lebron last year, especially in the Finals.  You can't be clutch if the ball is not in your hand and Wade allowed the ball to be in Lebron on what is supposed to be his team.  Yes, Lebron can score a load of points, but he should always take control of the game when needed not care about Lebron thinks or how he feels.

And you can easily leave Dirk off the list...   And Sooperballz, I like Westbrook, but your comment is very funny. 



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe must not remember his last appearance in Miami when Wade shut him down so badly that he felt the need to shoot for around 2 hours after the game to try to figure out what went wrong.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

If Wade trully had that dog in him, he won't have bothered to differ to Lebron at all. Instead Wade is too busy trying to massage Lebron's ego/ feelings. If Wade drops the Dr. Phil act and returns to the player he was with Shaq, then he can regain his inner dog.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

The entire Kansas Jayhawks team are as big of ball hogs. If they would play as a team rather than 5 Kobes they'd be unstopable!



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Its a fair statement



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Breaking news - nobody thinks more of professional athlete than himself.



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

The only knock against Wade was that he deferred a lot to LeBron in late game situations last year. Kobe never wanted anyone to take the last shot, and certainly wouldn't give it to a guy like Gasol just to make him feel better about himself.


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