Nearly all NBA fans have been there. You know, that conversation with your friends where the topic of Kobe Bryant‘s place in history comes up. I’m usually the guy saying he needs to be higher on the all-time list. Now, it looks like Kevin Durant is joining that camp as well.
Check out these comments from the NBA’s current MVP frontrunner:
“Of course. He’s the greatest of all time. His skill is second to none. Him and MJ are neck and neck as far as skill. You can put in athleticism and be the best passer and strongest and quickest. But it’s about skill. I think that’s how his game is played. That’s why Kobe is the top two best ever in just having skill, footwork, shooting the three, shooting the pull up, posting up, dunking on guys and ball handling. It’s flat out skill. Him and Jordan are 1 and 1 a. They’re neck and neck as far as the skills are concerned.”
It’s not often that we get a Kobe and MJ ‘1 and 1A’ statement, especially, when you consider that it’s coming from of the the NBA’s top stars. But is Durant really that far off?
To be clear, he’s not saying that Kobe is the GOAT. He’s saying that he’s the most skilled or second most skilled player of all time. If you look at all the factors, it’s tough to disagree. There’s nothing that Bryant can’t do on the basketball court. Sure, others in the game’s history have had ‘all the tools’ as well, but no one has done all of it better than Kobe Bryant. Well, maybe except for MJ.