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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 25, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:22 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Certainly nobody on the Celtics deserves to be mentioned here.  Pierce would rather fake an injury.  Garnett would rather hit someone.  Rondo would rather talk smack about his own players and cry.  

I would argue that Wade should be mentioned.  He has a lot of fire, even if he is injury-prone.  Lebron can't play in the 4th quarter, let alone try and win a game.  I think Durant is almost there.  He's not afraid to hit some big shots, and I think he wants to win.  Rose and Paul though, yeah those guys are there.  Rose is the best PG in the game with Paul just a hair under him.  You really can't go wrong either way.  


Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:17 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

zaza pachulia has it

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:14 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

how do you leave Dirk off that list?

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:13 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

He should've waited until after the Miami game to say it, because if Wade is healthy they're going to run over Kobe's Lakers!

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:36 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

I had half court 10th row seats to both Clippers Vs Heat and Clippers vs Lakers this week/weekend and id have to agree with kobe on this one, against the heat chris paul was fighting like no other player on the court to get the win "it helped that lebron missed his free throws" but none the less chris was on a mission to win. During the clipper laker game Kobe and Paul both had alot of heart and just kept going at each others team time and time again. Rose is also super competitive and never quits but ive never seen him play in person up close and its alot different then watching tv. I always knew chris paul was great "obviously" but now I have new found respect for paul, i mostly went this week to see the big three from miami play and watch griffin throw down a few dunks but chris paul stole the show.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:30 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

I might be ridiculed but Russel Westbrook has it.

Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:21 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

I have a different take that I am interested in hearing your opinion on.  I agree with you about Wade, but is it possible that Kobe knew that if he included Wade in his comments he would need to include Lebron in order for the media to not blow those comments up, and that he didn't want to do that?

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:52 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

He's entitled to his opinion, but he's wrong.  Dwayne Wade has it, and is right there with Kobe for best clutch player in the league.  Plus he's insanely talented.  Not to mention, he almost guided the Heat to a championship even with Lebron playing like Steve Blake.  How did Kobe fare in the finals when Pao Gasol played the roled of KG's bit**?   

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