Kobe Bryant Considers Tony Allen Closest Player To Being ‘Kobe Stopper’
Kobe Bryant Considers Tony Allen Closest Player To Being ‘kobe Stopper’

During his near-two decades in the NBA, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has faced his fair share of lockdown defenders. Plenty of players in the past have tried to figure out the formula to contain arguably one of the greatest offensive players in NBA history with few having any success against the five-time NBA champion.

Many of the defenders Bryant has faced throughout his career hoped to earn the distinction as a ‘Kobe Stopper’ after their battles on the court. It seems as though only one player sticks out to Kobe among his many fierce opponents of the past that deserve the distinction.

Veteran guard Tony Allen has left a considerable impression on Bryant for how he’s defended the superstar over the years. Bryant said the following about Allen when being asked by TNT’s Ernie Johnson who came the closest to being the ‘Kobe Stopper’ via Bleacher Report:

“Well, the player I had the most trouble with, individually, was always Tony Allen. Always.”

Although Allen appears to be the toughest defender Bryant has faced throughout his career, there’s a few others that seem to be in a select group of defenders that posed some challenges for the future Hall of Famer:

“Bruce Bowen was a great defender. Bruce is a great defensive player. Raja Bell was a great defensive player.”

“Ruben Patterson did a great job. But Tony Allen played one-on-one defense. He never funneled me anywhere. His job was to stay in front of me and just hound me the entire game.”

Apparently, Allen and the three other lockdown defenders mentioned have earned Bryant’s respect. Kobe has faced two decades worth of players gunning for him and doing everything within their power to contain the superstar, but it seems as though Allen was the cream of the crop.

Allen did a great job guarding Bryant during the 2008 NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics went on to beat the Lakers that year in six games. Bryant was able to avenge that series loss in the Finals two years later beating the Celtics in seven games to win his fifth and seemingly final NBA title.

no Kobe wrong on this tayshaun prince was the best defender on kobe I had ever seen!

  • So u think u know more than the actual player himself on who defended him the best, 😀

  • dude kobe is not perfect oneverything even if I am a fan I saw the 2004 finals where tayshaun prince was literally atttached to kobe, where he could not shake off prince I was 7 and knew that,the announcers said prince played the mostlock down defense on kobe, allen is not that maybe in 2008 butnot 2010!

  • That 04 Laker team broke down physically and mentally in that Finals and Detroit simply played better as a team(like the ’84 Lakers who should’ve beat Boston) and wanted it more. They were way more focused and determined for whatever reason. Tayshaun did a good job but I’ve seen Kobe abuse him a lot outside that particular Finals series. Bowen did a good job but he had help from Duncan and Kobe still torched those Spurs teams regardless.

  • nah tony Allen was a good defender but not great on kobe t-prince was all over kobe especially younger defensively I remeber him coming from waybackcourt to block regie miller s shot!

  • Father time has done a better job. Also Kobe probably hates to admit it but Raja Bell actually had his number and knocked him out of two playoff series.

  • Lol so Kobe doesn’t know what he’s talking about??? Lol I watched both finals just lile Kobe said Tony Allen did it straight up Prince had the whole Piston D to back him.

  • actually I watched the two finals better than you pepo jines, and tony allen was easil scoched by kobe princewas attached to kobe so you are delusioned dude go watch youtube dud and compare better before you speak illerate buffooon lol!

  • First of all, NOBODY had his number. Secondly, he did acknowledge Raja Bell idiot.

  • you really really are stupid. all you do is hate on kobe. he did talk about bell and no bell did not have his number. kobe was averaging 30+ppg vs the suns in the playoffs vs bell. bell got so mad that kobe was killing him he had to close line him.

  • agreed cj if its anyone that defended kobe well it was prince! he pushed kobe to .167 from 3 .356 from 2 pt range in the 2004 finals !

  • Shut up Kobe homer, where were you after the 76ers game? Under that rock you live under? Getting personally offended by the fact that Raja Bell knocked Kobe out of two consecutive playoffs hurt your feelings? He admitted that Tony Allen was the best to guard him, but he also made Tony Allen a non factor in 2010 , but never did on Raja, is all I’m saying. Unlike you I don’t worship Kobe and remember all the good times AND also the bad ones, like when he quit on the Lakers in that game 7 against the Suns.

  • Patrick Bateman is a sad sad person he comes just to hate. looking at his comments one would be hard pressed to find one post that does not contain hate on at least one player.

    but he loves to hate kobe. kobe our 20 superstar vet the best laker ever and all Patrick Bateman wants to do is hate on him.

    its sad that he literally has nothing better in his life then to come and hate on a player that has brought 5 titles to the team he supposedly loves.

    his small minded attempts at hating have grown old just like his understanding of the game of basketball.

    please patrick get a life and stop hating on the team and player true nba fans not just lakers fans but nba fans all love

  • I’ve learned not to debate anything Kobe related with you. You’ll be out of here in 64 games. Likely will start following LeBron’s sack around, I see you post on the King James Gospel site lol. You are like the alpha player version of a Jeremy Lin fan. Just follow the Alpha around like some sort of pack rabbit.

  • After reading your post singling someone out, tells me you’re that guy with only one perspective, you’re own. Grow up.

  • Unlike you I’ve been a Laker fan longer than Kobe, so I can say with certainty, he is absolutely not the best Laker ever. Magic Johnson and Kareem have that shared title in my view. As for you, you only talk about Kobe and when you aren’t talking about Kobe, you are on LeBron Jame’s site talking about Kobe or you are talking about how Michael Jordan played in a weak Era and that is why Kobe is better than MJ.

  • how is he eating humble pie????

    a reporter asked him who guarded him the best and he gave his answer.

    there is nothing humble about it

  • btw if you follow patrick then you would know all he does is hate and nothing more.

  • Normally he would’ve said he’s unguardable and there’s no such thing as a Kobe stopper.

  • ive been a LAKERS (thats the name of the team a true fan would now this) for much longer then you have been.

    magic kareem worthy west shaq have alll said kobe is the greatest lakers player ever.

    so again sorry their voices matter alot more then yours does

  • he did not call tony a stoper he just said he guarded him best there is nothing humble about it. kobe has said the same thing since 2010

  • I said that backing up the first sentence as being unguardable. If we’re going verbatim the argument is all yours.

  • So you are entitled?
    If you want to talk about entitlement, shouldn’t YOU owe more to the Lakers for the 20+ years of FREE entertainment, memories, and whatever personal happiness you’ve acheived.

    You sound like a spoiled brat that can’t get his way. Quite ungrateful and ingrateful if you ask me.

  • And what makes them so great is that they were humble enough to exclude themselves. As for the whole Lakers thing, I find the grammar of it to be confusing, I mean the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant or Kobe’s Lakers. The plural of it all makes no sense to me. But yea because I sometimes say Laker instead of Lakers especially if It doesn’t sound right is what makes me a plastic fan.

  • if that was true then everyone but magic would say magic but they all said kobe so sorry thats a dumb excuse

  • kobe has maintained that tony is his best defender since the 2010 finals. so him saying so again is not humble

  • never been to lebrons site and i will b here next season when you no were to be found

  • no i watch and listen to basketball and i follow the lakers so i know kobe has said this same thing for the last 5 years. sorry you dont watch basketball

  • magic imo is a better basketball player then kobe ever was but kobe is the better lakers player.

    magic is the third best laker ever behind kobe and west both players did more in lakers unis then magic did

  • Lmao. 5 years wow you must be a teenager and your knowledge of basketball let alone being a Kobe savant is laughable. Keep stroking your insecure ego.

  • Kobe is hugely under-appreciated.
    i Love Kobe and all these haters mean nothing.
    un-educated high school kids who cant see greatness if it smack them in the face.

  • Tayshaun may or may not have been the best defender on Kobe that series. But since then, Kobe has pretty much torched the guy. One series does not earn one the title of stopper.

    I am surprised Tony Allen gets more love than Bruce Bowen and Shane Battier, both of whom he’s said were tough defenders. I know Tony Allen is good but Bruce Bowen good? Not sure.

  • Did…you really just call someone illiterate while spelling it wrong?

  • I must have missed the part where you mentioned that Kwame Brown was his center and Smush Parker was his point guard. Otherwise, you’d own up to the fact that Raja Bell played Kobe well but by no means knocked Kobe out of two playoffs. The collective Suns knocked out the collective Lakers.

    As it is, Lakers got their justice as they knocked out the Suns on the way to their second title in the Kobe/Pau era.

  • How can you simultaneously agree that choosing the greatest Laker is impossible while stating right after that Kareem is the greatest Laker? I mean, I agree, Kareem is the GOAT in my book, over Jordan, I just want to know how you can say picking the greatest Laker can’t be done while turning right around and saying who is the best?

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