Kobe Bryant On ESPN #NBARank: ‘Don’t Ask Me About Silly Stuff’
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As usual, ESPN’s annual ranking of NBA players has gotten Los Angeles in an uproar once again. Kobe Bryant, coming off three straight season-ending injuries, was ranked as the 93rd best player in the league.

This ranking by ESPN rubbed a lot of Lakers fans the wrong way with many thinking the superstar should be ranked much higher heading into his 20th NBA season.

Following the loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Bryant was asked about the ranking and had a fairly predictable answer via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

Bryant believes that he doesn’t need to plead his case for being ranked higher from the major media outlet via Holmes:

After suffering their third straight loss, Kobe and the Lakers will head back to the Staples Center to play their first preseason game on their home floor. Los Angeles will play host to an international opponent on Sunday night with Maccabi Haifa coming to town.

The Lakers will have five more preseason games before heading into the regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 28. Los Angeles will face the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors (twice) and Portland Trail Blazers to finish out their preseason.

Amen! Thanks you Kobe great answer

  • Who cares about a player ranking from a group of Kobe/Laker haters. Kobe and the Lakers will be just fine, and will shock the world this season

  • Who cares about a player ranking from a group of Kobe/Laker haters. Kobe and the Lakers will be just fine, and will shock the world this season

  • Kobe’s learned the first rule of internet media….
    Don’t feed the trolls.

  • Don’t feed the trolls…let em’ talk, and use certain players names to get clicks

  • Don’t feed the trolls…let em’ talk, and use certain players names to get clicks

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH ESPN FOR YOUR LATEST RANKING OF KOBE BRYANT. YOU JUST ADDED FUEL TO THE BLACK MAMBA. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED ON TIMES LIKE THIS. I’ve SAID IT AGAIN THESE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT WORK WITH ESPN.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH ESPN FOR YOUR LATEST RANKING OF KOBE BRYANT. YOU JUST ADDED FUEL TO THE BLACK MAMBA. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED ON TIMES LIKE THIS. I’ve SAID IT AGAIN THESE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT WORK WITH ESPN.

  • If u hadn’t seen yet, watch Stephen A Smiths reaction about Kobes ranking. My favorite part is when he said “Even at Kobes age, there isn’t 92 players on the planet thats better than him, yet alone in the League”. I seriously think ESPN has a Kobe fettish, earlier 2day, they had a front headline article about Kobes ranking………..of all the players they ranked so far, “#93″Kobe Bryant is the only player to get his very own headline article. Why in the world would the 93rd best player in the League get his own headline article? Contrary to how negatively they report about Kobe, ESPN adores Kobes greatness.

  • If u hadn’t seen yet, watch Stephen A Smiths reaction about Kobes ranking. My favorite part is when he said “Even at Kobes age, there isn’t 92 players on the planet thats better than him, yet alone in the League”. I seriously think ESPN has a Kobe fettish, earlier 2day, they had a front headline article about Kobes ranking………..of all the players they ranked so far, “#93″Kobe Bryant is the only player to get his very own headline article. Why in the world would the 93rd best player in the League get his own headline article? Contrary to how negatively they report about Kobe, ESPN adores Kobes greatness.

  • doesnt really makes sense especially if it is from BSPN, no need to react on that, don’t let the fools, I mean the Laker haters, drag us to their place…Lakers fans are BETTER than that

  • doesnt really makes sense especially if it is from BSPN, no need to react on that, don’t let the fools, I mean the Laker haters, drag us to their place…Lakers fans are BETTER than that

  • Don’t think they took Kobe’s knowledge/experience and court vision into account. Aside of Kobe’s positive impact = getting teammates involved last season. Kobe knows he has to adapt given father time even at the 3 spot. Without giving an exact # top 25.

  • Don’t think they took Kobe’s knowledge/experience and court vision into account. Aside of Kobe’s positive impact = getting teammates involved last season prior to calling it a season (injury). Kobe knows he has to adapt given father time even at the 3 spot. Without giving an exact # top 25.

    So only players that can shoot the ball lights out and who can score inside are in the top 25? PG’s = Ball facilitators and other team play making players are likely included as top 25 too.

  • Kobe is still definitely in the top 10 current SG’s in the league, arguably the top 5. #93 really doesn’t make sense and that makes it more obvious that ESPN just really hates on Kobe.

    We all know the scoring & defense has gone down, but the overall skills of Kobe (passing, attracting the defense, rebounding, leadership plus the clutch factor) should be a factor. There are only a handful of players that can score, assist & rebound at a good rate. Last year Kobe still average close to 20-5-5. Shooting % definitely down, with no other options the defense concentrated on stopping Kobe.

  • Kobe is still definitely in the top 10 current SG’s in the league, arguably the top 5. #93 really doesn’t make sense and that makes it more obvious that ESPN just really hates on Kobe.

    We all know the scoring & defense has gone down, but the overall skills of Kobe (passing, attracting the defense, rebounding, leadership plus the clutch factor) should be a factor. There are only a handful of players that can score, assist & rebound at a good rate. Last year Kobe still average close to 20-5-5. Shooting % definitely down, with no other options the defense concentrated on stopping Kobe.

  • There are 30teams in the NBA. All 30 would have to have an average of 3players better than Kobe on each team for that ranking to be justified. Let’s just start at home; which 3players are right now better than Kobe on Lakers roster?

  • There are 30teams in the NBA. All 30 would have to have an average of 3players better than Kobe on each team for that ranking to be justified. Let’s just start at home; which 3players are right now better than Kobe on Lakers roster?

  • Kobe just has to stay healthy. It’s just a forecast. Kobe hasn’t stayed healthy so it’s hard so predict what he will look out. No big deal.

  • This. The best ability is availability (Marcelus Wiley, not me) and Kobe hasn’t had that in each of the last two seasons.

    Besides: at the end of the day, he’s a 37-year-old, 20-year veteran…it’s not realistic to expect to remain among the league’s elite, nobody ever has at that age.

  • This. The best ability is availability (Marcelus Wiley, not me) and Kobe hasn’t had that in each of the last two seasons.

    Besides: at the end of the day, he’s a 37-year-old, 20-year veteran…it’s not realistic to expect him to remain among the league’s elite, nobody ever has at that age.

  • Good one. Sometimes its hard for me not to lash back at the trolls here.

  • Good one. Sometimes its hard for me not to lash back at the trolls here.

  • LOL, Stupid hypocritical espn and their prostitute journalism.

    They rank a player 93 yet they put up a prominent article for that 93rd ranked person. Retarded.

    Thanks for sharing.

    FFFF espn.

  • LOL, Stupid hypocritical espn and their prostitute journalism.

    They rank a player 93 yet they put up a prominent article for that 93rd ranked person. Retarded.

    Thanks for sharing.

    FFFF espn.

  • To help KB and from a Defense position, thus far 0-3 preseason, Coach Byron has shown U
    guys – Hibbert with a Black, Kelly, and Scare – combo’s. What I would
    like to see is Hibbert with Upshaw for 12 minutes.

  • To help KB and from a Defense position, thus far 0-3 preseason, Coach Byron has shown U
    guys – Hibbert with a Black, Kelly, and Scare – combo’s. What I would
    like to see is Hibbert with Upshaw for 12 minutes.

  • personally i rank Kobe 4-7 of top 10 SG.
    in the whole NBA id rank Kobe in the top 25 some where between #15-25.
    sounds about right….

  • personally i rank Kobe 4-7 of top 10 SG.
    in the whole NBA id rank Kobe in the top 25 some where between #15-25.
    sounds about right….

  • F ESPN is right!
    all i ever see is hockey baseball and football.
    they dont give a rats ass about the NBA and especially the Lakers!
    i hate espn and tnt.
    shaq is the only reason i ever watch NBA on tnt.

  • F ESPN is right!
    all i ever see is hockey baseball and football.
    they dont give a rats ass about the NBA and especially the Lakers!
    i hate espn and tnt.
    shaq is the only reason i ever watch NBA on tnt.

  • we have 16 NBA championships
    so ESPN can suck my popsicle stick.
    tell me what it taste like…

  • we have 16 NBA championships
    so ESPN can suck my popsicle stick.
    tell me what it taste like…

  • Reporter: what do u have to do to keep your roster spot?

    Sacre: please, don’t ask me about silly stuff

  • Reporter: what do u have to do to keep your roster spot?

    Sacre: please, don’t ask me about silly stuff

  • I like the, 2015-2016 Identity, bread and butter, Upshaw / Kobe pick
    ‘n POP. A guaranteed cash money, on the Rook / Vet DUO, pick and roll
    !!!

  • I like the, 2015-2016 Identity, bread and butter, Upshaw / Kobe pick
    ‘n POP. A guaranteed cash money, on the Rook / Vet DUO, pick and roll
    !!!

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