Not one to stay out of the spotlight too long, Kobe Bryant, did something that sure to surprise people. When asked who is in his all-time top five, he didn’t include himself. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Exactly.
In a recent interview with radio station ESPN LA 710, he excludes himself, and interestingly enough, all of his contemporaries.
“It’s not very difficult for me,” Kobe said. “I’d go Magic (Johnson), (Michael) Jordan, (Larry) Bird, (Bill) Russell and (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).”
I will say as the years go on people really forget how great Larry Bird was,” Bryant said. “He was ridiculous. And I grew up in LA — just like everyone else here — hating his guts. But the guy was just money.”
It’s not surprising at all that he didn’t include any of the guys from his era, Kobe is not the type to give any advantages to anyone, which makes sense for such a competitive dude. Funny thing though, he didn’t grow up in LA, so he must mean, he respected Bird as a Lakers fan. With Bean, you never really know what to think.