Kobe declares himself best of all time….at one on one, recipient of BET’s Hottest Prom Date award ’96.

19 Jan

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Yahoo! Sports – Opinions on Kobe change, of course, and it’s not as if he’s the exact same player or personality every season. But this commercial nevertheless nails the Kobe experience very, very well. He really is an essential part of the sports landscape, a defining figure in NBA history.

As if to hammer home his unique importance, Bryant also happened to give an instant-classic interview with Chris Palmer for ESPN.com. The conversation touches on many aspects of Kobe’s life, including his belief that he’s the greatest one-on-one player ever, his similarities to the common man, and his lifelong crusade against dog poop.

In the question and answer session, Bryant went out of his way to tell Palmer that, nearly 17 full years into his professional career, that he’s never come out on the losing end of a one-on-one game. Accept that with however many grains of salt you typically prefer with Bryant, but that’s his quote. From the interview:

I love going one-on-one with someone. That’s what I do. I’ve never lost. It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.

Check out some other highlights after the jump.

As noted in the preceding paragraph, the biggest basketball-only revelation in this interview is that Kobe gives some details of his one-on-one prowess, as well as past victories (via TBJ):

Who would you most like to play one-on-one, either active or retired?

Jordan. No question.

What would happen?

I’m not sure, but he would win some and I would win some in a seven-game series. It would probably come down to the last few shots.

You versus LeBron? Who wins?

Me. No question. As far as one-on-one, I’m the best to ever do it.

God bless Kobe. Great to see that you’re taking this Lakers downturn as a franchise really well. I think Kobe’s got a pretty good case, but unfortunately he wasn’t always the best player on his team (Shaq) when they won which is only going to plague him. He’s HOF for sure and I hope his entry speech is as egotistical as this interview and entertaining as MJ’s, but nobody is going to go around going, “Kobe was the best at 1 on 1 all time.” You dominated an NBA transition period, plain and simple. Russell vs. Wilt, Bird vs. Magic, LeBron vs. Durant. Kobe vs. T-Mac, yeah okay bro. Sidenote, is Kobe’s wife secretly a Kardashian? Legitimate question:

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Kobe Bryant: Meaningless titles, Kardashian knock off collector, Aspen masseuse enthusiast. Invited Brandy to Prom. Quite the LinkedIn profile.

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