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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: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:07 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Sweet...MAMBA 24

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:37 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

I don't know about the CP3 and Rose thing... I'm sure Kobe is establishing his opinion on the way these guys approach the game... And he's on point NOT mentioning Labron, and Dirk shouldn't even be in the discussion. Labron has been on  teams good enough to win at least 2 championships. And to Wade's credit he's has his moments. But all the conversation about Labron being the 2nd best player is garbage. He is a physical specimen, no question. Last year proved that it has nothing to do with the talent around him. Folks just face it... It's him. Labron does not have that killer instinct the greats have, at least not yet. Talent is not enough to make you great. There has been a ton of talent that has passed through the NBA and many have -0- rings, ask Chuck... Good thing Wade got his before the Labron project. And whether you like Kobe or not he's got 5. Lebron -0-... Plus Labron's just not smart. 6'9", 240+, quick as lighting, jump out the building, virtually unstopable when in motion, talent is not a problem. That has to say something about his basketball IQ... A champion doesn't have to prove that he has any specific talent. He does whatever it takes to win. even if that means scoring 50 points from layups and free throws (instead of shooting that busted jumper). If Labron wins 5 championships you still will have put an asterisk on them, because they would have been won by Wade.... Get off the Labron HYPE!!!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Keep shootin' kome, might as well cuz your championship days are over

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Thank the Lord that they dont ball hog like brown eye mouth kome...  and please keep hatin' the Heat, championship will be that much sweeter

Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:41 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

LeBum to join the ranks of second best player ever? LOL he stay the second best player on his team! LeBum has what a lot guys have, talent and no heart. I can't even say he has a high basketball IQ because he still hasn't learned how to back a smaller guard into the post. Keep shooting your bummy jump shot LeBail. We know how much you show off during the regular season in man to man 65% coverage but FAIL TO BE IN THE ARENA much less show up when the money's on the line.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:36 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:28 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Jordan didnt only want to beat you he wanted you to know that HE beat you. He wanted to humiliate and you. He wanted that defeat to be personal and to cling to you like napalm. No one weilded the dagger like MJ. It was the stuff of legends.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:23 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Poor Kobe .... A really talented and gifted player. Just not as great as Jordan was. Having that inferiority complex makes you say and do stupid things. Almost cartoonish. Someday Lebron will join the ranks of the 2nd best player ever to play the game. I wonder how he will handle it ?

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:10 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

In the league today?  Yeah, I hate to say it but I agree w/ Kobe on this one.  Those three have a next level theat Jame/Wade and others do not have.  Jury is out on Durant for me, think we'll see something more from him down the road.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:03 am

Kobe: CP3 and Rose only guys that have his edge

Kobe is a hoot! The LA Bryants got ran out of the playoffs like their backs were on fire and he opens his trap about some competitive edge foolishness. Hey Kobe, the lakers got busted open just like you did that tramp in colorado... Hell, the only person with that competitive edge he should worry about is his wife.

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