All-Star Kevin Durant has played well enough over his career to be considered an all-time great at a young age. When players of his stature go on record to name which NBA player they think were the greatest of all-time, people will listen. When Durant recently spoke about his opinion on the comparison between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, he shocked a lot of people. Durant surprisingly named Bryant as the best player of all-time, right beside Jordan, saying they were No. 1 and 1A when it comes to the all-time best players in professional basketball. Here is exactly what KD had to say:
“He’s the greatest of all time,” said Durant. “His skill is second to none. Him and M.J. are neck and neck as far as skill. You can put in athleticism and be the best passer and strongest and quickest. 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 1A.”
Durant also downplayed the greatness of several of today’s best players, including himself, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. He thinks that they will never be able to make the difference that Bryant did, even if they did manage to win as many championships. Durant has more than enough reason to think that Bryant’s accomplishments are second to none. Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, something no one can ever take away from him, regardless of how the end of his career plays out.
Along with his high praise for Kobe, Durant also did a little comparing of his own by saying that him and Bryant share similar styles on the court. He thinks their completive spirit is very similar. He also mentioned having a mutual respect for one another on the court, which is no surprise to anyone who watches when these two players go head-to-head. They both share a passion for basketball that few players in the history of the game could duplicate. Their work ethic and desire to win is exactly what makes them two of the best to ever do it, even if Durant downplays his own accomplishments, along with those of some of the NBA’s best players today.