Kobe Bryant On Kevin Garnett: ‘Pretty Amazing’ We’re Still Playing
Kobe Bryant On Kevin Garnett: ‘pretty Amazing’ We’re Still Playing
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Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett may have had some epic battles in the NBA Finals as bitter rivals while the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics went head-to-head in 2008 and 2010, but there’s nothing but respect between the two veterans.

These veterans are two of only a few players in league history able to play for two decades or more. Garnett is entering his 21st season with the team that drafted him back in 1995 while Bryant will begin his 20th year with the Lakers on Wednesday night.

Kobe was asked about what it’ll be like to face off against Garnett in the season opener after so many years. Bryant said the following about the 39-year-old Garnett, via ESPN’s J.A. Adande.

It’s fantastic. It’s amazing. It brings a smile to my face, man. Because I remember thinking about making my decision [to enter the NBA draft] and speaking on the phone with him, him going through his first season. Now fast forward, his 21st season, my 20th. It’s pretty amazing.”

At this point, it’d be safe to assume both players may retire next summer. Kobe’s contract expires after this season and may simply walk away from the game. Garnett is under contract for one more season after this year, but could forego the $8 million he’s set to make if his body doesn’t hold up.

Regardless of when these basketball icons choose to retire, Wednesday’s game may be the last time they go up against one another on the basketball floor. Both players are basically guaranteed to enter the NBA’s Hall of Fame with a combined total of six championships and an extremely long list of individual accolades.

On Wednesday night, Bryant and Garnett will lead their young teams into battle at the Staples Center. This will be one of four matchups between the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves throughout the 2015-16 NBA season.

As a fan of the game, I like that this will be a little bit of NBA history tonight. These two future hall of famers facing off for the last time in their careers will be a poignant moment. Also, when Kobe steps on the court tonight, he sets a record for the only player to ever play in 20 seasons for the same team.

There is a little history going on tonight.

  • As a fan of the game, I like that this will be a little bit of NBA history tonight. These two future hall of famers facing off for the last time in their careers will be a poignant moment. Also, when Kobe steps on the court tonight, he sets a record for the only player to ever play in 20 seasons for the same team.

    There is a little history going on tonight.

  • I think what is more amazing than that is the high level of play these men still can play at. I really really appreciate watching someone do something so well for so long. We as fans have been spoiled and fortunate to witness such greatness.

    Even Kareem and Jordan didn’t play as well so late into their careers. Just amazing to watch !

    I for one will be enjoying it ! And if we are fortunate enough we will continue to see these two defy all odds. Bring on another Roger Bannister achievement to further prove the heights the amazing human being can reach.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I think what is more amazing than that is the high level of play these men still can play at. I really really appreciate watching someone do something so well for so long. We as fans have been spoiled and fortunate to witness such greatness.

    Even Kareem and Jordan didn’t play as well so late into their careers. Just amazing to watch !

    Just pull up Suki Thind’s column Dec, 2, 2014
    for a little better perspective on what Kobe did in his 19 th season
    As the headline read “Most prolific 19th season in NBA history”. And tonight’s game……..

    I for one will be enjoying it ! And if we are fortunate enough we will continue to see these two defy all odds. Bring on another Roger Bannister achievement to further prove the heights the amazing human being can reach.

    Keep pushing the bar Kevin and Kobe.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Season Already Here. Damn. NFL Season Is Just Getting Good. Time Fly Bye Hella Fast. Lets Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!

  • Season Already Here. Damn. NFL Season Is Just Getting Good. Time Fly Bye Hella Fast. Lets Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!

  • I respect Garrnet. He was great when he was young playing on the Wolves. Dude was a straight BEAST.

  • I respect Garrnet. He was great when he was young playing on the Wolves. Dude was a straight BEAST.

  • A special mention to Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki as well, they are not trailing far behind, and both of them spent their career in only one team. Amazing players, the four of them, on all accounts.

  • A special mention to Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki as well, they are not trailing far behind, and both of them spent their career in only one team. Amazing players, the four of them, on all accounts.

  • My favorite player playing his 20th season, on the best team ever!

    GO KOBE, GO LAKERS!

  • My favorite player playing his 20th season, on the best team ever!

    GO KOBE, GO LAKERS!

  • The only negative thing I have to say about Garnet is he was always a borderline dirty player, constantly taking cheap shots, pulling on jerseys, and jabbing other players with his elbows.

    I guess it was not his fault, he learned from the dirtiest player organization, the tics!

  • The only negative thing I have to say about Garnett is he was always a borderline dirty player, constantly taking cheap shots, pulling on jerseys, and jabbing other players with his elbows.

    I guess it was not his fault, he learned from the dirtiest player organization, the tics!

    Asides from that, Garnett and Kobe have that heart that is missing in todays nba.

  • How long ago was that 8/10 years, the game was played hard, the weak ones sat on the bench or not at all. That’s just the way it was played.

  • How long ago was that 8/10 years, the game was played hard, the weak ones sat on the bench or not at all. That’s just the way it was played.

  • May you have a phenomenal season my friend!

    I will cherish all the great memories Mr. BLACK MAMBA!

  • May you have a phenomenal season my friend!

    I will cherish all the great memories Mr. BLACK MAMBA!

  • Dirty is dirty, no excuse.

    Lakers played finesse style against the tics dirty defensive style and we just about always won with Kobe!

    NOW, THOSE WERE GREAT GAMES!

  • Dirty is dirty, no excuse.

    Lakers played finesse style against the tics dirty defensive style and we just about always won with Kobe!

    NOW, THOSE WERE GREAT GAMES!

  • Gonna be an emotional opening night in the wake of the very sad loss of Flip Saunders. T-Wolves gonna be playing with extra emotion and heavy hearts. Lakers better be ready and focused.

  • Gonna be an emotional opening night in the wake of the very sad loss of Flip Saunders. T-Wolves gonna be playing with extra emotion and heavy hearts. Lakers better be ready and focused.

  • Why do you thing KOBE calls guys SOFT- he played in the time- don’t mean to break your HEART.

  • Why do you thing KOBE calls guys SOFT- he played in the time- don’t mean to break your HEART.

  • I understand.

    Kobe played extremely hard every single game but with FINESSE (skill).

    He won championships by SKILL not by being dirty.

  • I understand.

    Kobe played extremely hard every single game but with FINESSE (skill).

    He won championships by SKILL not by being dirty.

  • I feel sorry for you, you really believe that- I wont argue with you over KOBE I like you to much.

  • I feel sorry for you, you really believe that- I wont argue with you over KOBE I like you to much.

  • If you are stuck in the past and feeling nostalgic, this is the match up to watch. However Towns, Wiggins, Lavine vs Randle, Clarkson, D’Angelo is the more relevant match up, likely to be matching up for years to come in fact. Not to mention two other rookies playing, Bjelica and Huertas, two Euro veterans who I’m sure will surprise a few teams this season. Lastly Byron Scott vs Sam Mitchell, two former coach of the year winners, both of whom have hardly had inspiring great careers since.

  • If you are stuck in the past and feeling nostalgic, this is the match up to watch. However Towns, Wiggins, Lavine vs Randle, Clarkson, D’Angelo is the more relevant match up, likely to be matching up for years to come in fact. Not to mention two other rookies playing, Bjelica and Huertas, two Euro veterans who I’m sure will surprise a few teams this season. Lastly Byron Scott vs Sam Mitchell, two former coach of the year winners, both of whom have hardly had inspiring great careers since.

  • Hahaha.

    Thanks for having mercy on me Al.

    I dont believe it, I know it Al.
    Kobe is the greatest, best footwork, scorer in transition, while guarded by multiple defenders in the history of basketball.

    There needs to be a stat of fg% while guarded by 2 IN TRANSITION! And there needs to be a stat for the same while guarded by 3.

    Kobe would hold the record for the highest scorer of that stat, and the highest percentage of that stat.

    While we are at it, Kobe would definitely hold the record for highest % of difficult shots made and highest adversity!

    No other player has been more successful against multiple opposition as Kobe has…Fact!

  • I won’t say Kobe’s dirty, but he could sometimes be as sneaky as they come… just part of the game…

  • Hahaha.

    Thanks for having mercy on me Al.

    I dont believe it, I know it!

    Kobe is the greatest, best footwork scorer in transition, while guarded by multiple defenders in the history of basketball.

    There needs to be a stat of fg% while guarded by 2 IN TRANSITION! And there needs to be a stat for the same while guarded by 3.

    Kobe would hold the record for the highest scorer of that stat, and the highest percentage of that stat.

    While we are at it, Kobe would definitely hold the record for highest % of difficult shots made and highest adversity!

    No other player has been more successful against multiple opposition as Kobe has…Fact!

  • I won’t say Kobe’s dirty, but he could sometimes be as sneaky as they come… just part of the game…

  • Sneaky, stealthy, hard nosed, yes. Dirty, no.

    Kobe has always prided himself in playing and winning the game by the book!

  • Sneaky, stealthy, hard nosed, yes. Dirty, no.

    Kobe has always prided himself in playing and winning the game by the book!

    GO MAMBA! GO LAKERS!

  • Enjoying this specific match-up doesn’t deny the others. Why couldn’t we enjoy them all and why should we refuse to enjoy the past to be able to enjoy the new generations? I really don’t see why I should choose.

  • Enjoying this specific match-up doesn’t deny the others. Why couldn’t we enjoy them all and why should we refuse to enjoy the past to be able to enjoy the new generations? I really don’t see why I should choose.

  • Now that’s a different post, before you were talking dirty play and I have said nothing about what you just post, I did not come here to argue, is that what your looking for, try some one else. Your telling us about things we have seen and your acting like no one never knew that but you, but I am not going to wet my pants over it how about you?

  • Now that’s a different post, before you were talking dirty play and I have said nothing about what you just post, I did not come here to argue, is that what your looking for, try some one else. Your telling us about things we have seen and your acting like no one never knew that but you, but I am not going to wet my pants over it how about you?

  • I havent checked on Garnett, but Kobe now is playing very respectable, all injuries and setbacks considered.

  • I havent checked on Garnett, but Kobe now is playing very respectable, all injuries and setbacks considered.

  • I’m a fan, too, but check Youtube… he’s got quite a few dirty plays in his history. just being honest.

  • I’m a fan, too, but check Youtube… he’s got quite a few dirty plays in his history. just being honest. the dude isn’t exactly a saint

  • To night I start my 10 th year never missing a game, so I cant get impressed with the thing that you post, most likely you did not see those games so I can see where a fan can get excited, its a shame you missed those games but most likely that will not continue, we have seen the best of KOBE.

  • To night I start my 10 th year never missing a game, so I cant get impressed with the thing that you post, most likely you did not see those games so I can see where a fan can get excited, its a shame you missed those games but most likely that will not continue, we have seen the best of KOBE.

  • Dirty plays, or are they revenge plays, or was he letting his opponent know its not ok to disrespect him?

    Kobe won’t sit back while other players do him dirty, thats not what hes about.

    I dont need to youtube, I’ve watched almost every single game live. That gives you a different perspective and appreciation of the game.

  • Dirty plays, or are they revenge plays, or was he letting his opponent know its not ok to disrespect him?

    Kobe won’t sit back while other players do him dirty, thats not what hes about.

    I dont need to youtube, I’ve watched almost every single game live. That gives you a different perspective and appreciation of the game.

  • In fact, I have been watching Kobe since he was a rookie. I can not claim to have watched every game like you but I watched the great majority of games. I kept allot of bars in business, thats for sure!

    No one can deny you are dedicated Al.

  • In fact, I have been watching Kobe since he was a rookie. I can not claim to have watched every game like you but I watched the great majority of games. I kept allot of bars in business, thats for sure!

    No one can deny you are dedicated Al.

  • With no disrespect but I do believe we see the game differently, I don’t close my eyes I take it all in..

  • With no disrespect but I do believe we see the game differently, I don’t close my eyes I take it all in..

  • No one can deny you are dedicated but what I cant believe is you are in the minority of people watching that long that doesnt acknowledge the greatness of number 24!

    I dont forget! I don’t waiver! I don’t turn my back on my team nor its best player ever!

    GO KOBE!!!

  • No one can deny you are dedicated but what I cant believe is you are in the minority of people watching that long that doesnt acknowledge the greatness of number 24!

    I dont forget! I don’t waiver! I don’t turn my back on my team nor its best player ever!

    GO KOBE!!!

  • Whatever category an elbow to the throat classifies as I guess….

    Didn’t you say “Dirty is dirty, no excuse” in one of your comments up there….

  • Is he the only one that has ever done that?

    How many times in his 20 seasons has he done that?

    How many questionable plays has Garnett had in 21 seasons?

    Why are you so concerned about this?

  • Is he the only one that has ever done that?

    How many times in his 20 seasons has he done that?

    How many questionable plays has Garnett had in 21 seasons?

    Why are you so concerned about this?

  • Didn’t you say “Dirty is dirty, no excuse” in one of your comments up there….

  • Didn’t you say “Dirty is dirty, no excuse” in one of your comments up there….

  • You’re just superquick to praise Kobe as some flawless being, just think you need a little more realism… your bias is pretty nauseating. Once again, I’m saying this as a Kobe/Laker fan who can admit that he can be a little dirty sometimes

  • You’re just superquick to praise Kobe as some flawless being, just think you need a little more realism… your bias is pretty nauseating. Once again, I’m saying this as a Kobe/Laker fan who can admit that he could be a little dirty sometimes

  • Like Eddie Murphy says:
    “This is my house. You don’t like it, GTFO!”

    This Lakers Nation, not cel tics nation, not haters nation!

  • No, but if it’s considered dirty when others do it, then it would be considered dirty when he does, too…

  • Like Eddie Murphy says:
    “This is my house. You don’t like it, GTFO!”

    This is Lakers Nation, not cel tics nation, not haters nation!

  • No, but if it’s considered dirty when others do it, then it would be considered dirty when he does, too…

  • Sounds like youre very concerned.
    Sounds like you should consider switching teams based on your disapproval.

  • Sounds like youre very concerned.
    Sounds like you should consider switching teams based on your disapproval.

  • Are you one of those that allowed others to take your lunch money? Sounds like it.

    Kobe did check people that needed to be checked.

    I do the same thing, just like I’m doing to you now.

  • Wow, you go to that??

    I’m a Lakers fan… you on the other hand are a prime example of people saying we’re delusional and clueless

  • Are you one of those that allowed others to take your lunch money? Sounds like it.

    Kobe did check people that needed to be checked.

    I do the same thing, just like I’m doing to you now.

  • Wow, you go to that??

    I’m a Lakers fan… you on the other hand are a prime example of people saying we’re delusional and clueless

  • Im not here for popularity.

    Allot of people like yourself that don’t like Kobe are bothered that I admire him. Ask me if I care.

    GO KOBE! GO LAKERS!

  • Im not here for popularity.

    Allot of people like yourself that don’t like Kobe are bothered that I admire him. Ask me if I care.

    GO KOBE! GO LAKERS!

  • Did I every say I hated KOBE OR EVEN DISLIKE HIM no you have not, but cant you like some one but don’t have to rant and rave about one certain player when it is a team sport, you cant be a super star with out a good team. Its a team sport !

  • Did I every say I hated KOBE OR EVEN DISLIKE HIM no you have not, but cant you like some one but don’t have to rant and rave about one certain player when it is a team sport, you cant be a super star with out a good team. Its a team sport !

  • Ha! checked me? with no logical argument whatsoever? It’s ok to be a fan without being a groupie…

  • What do I owe idiots that troll these sites using words like delusional to try and detract from my patronage of my team…nothing! They got nothing from me.

    You seem to be very concerned about what trolls and haters think. Go join their fan club then.

    GO KOBE! GO LAKERS!

  • Ha! checked me? with no logical argument whatsoever? It’s ok to be a fan without being a groupie…

  • What do I owe idiots that troll these sites using words like delusional to try and detract from my patronage of my team…nothing! They got nothing from me.

    You seem to be very concerned about what trolls and haters think. Go join their fan club then.

    GO KOBE! GO LAKERS!

  • The sad truth is that his babies are worth 100,000,000 times what you and your babies are worth.

    Get over yourself.

  • The sad truth is that his babies are worth 100,000,000 times what you and your babies are worth.

    Get over yourself.

  • Never said you hated Kobe, you are projecting.

    The use of the word rant implies you are bothered by me expressing my admiration, which means you do not agree. And thats ok.

  • Never said you hated Kobe, you are projecting.

    The use of the word rant implies you are bothered by me expressing my admiration, which means you do not agree. And thats ok.

  • You need to look up the word fan.

    Yes Im a PROUD Kobe GROUPIE, and FAN BOY.

    Dont hate me because I’m a true fan.

  • You need to look up the word fan.

    Yes Im a PROUD Kobe GROUPIE, and FAN BOY.

    Dont hate me because I’m a true fan.

  • Your choice, perfectly respectable, but I personally enjoy their intensity now as much as I enjoyed it in the past, even if their athleticism has clearly declined. And the History adds up to that too, so I still get to have fun watching.

  • Ok, well if you’re willing to call yourself a groupie and a fanboy then I guess there’s really nothing more to say… good luck to you

  • Your choice, perfectly respectable, but I personally enjoy their intensity now as much as I enjoyed it in the past, even if their athleticism has clearly declined. And the History adds up to that too, so I still get to have fun watching.

  • Ok, well if you’re willing to call yourself a groupie and a fanboy then I guess there’s really nothing more to say… good luck to you

  • Exactly how I feel. Two rival-friends going at it for two decades.

    Thats great stuff.

  • Exactly how I feel. Two rival-friends going at it for two decades.

    Thats great stuff.

  • Your are really making a problem for your self no matter what people say you try to turn it around, your problem is going to get to a point that no one will want to post with you, have no respect for what other think and that is their rights to see things different then you, you might try slowing down before you will lose any or all respect you may have..

  • Your are really making a problem for your self no matter what people say you try to turn it around, your problem is going to get to a point that no one will want to post with you, have no respect for what other think and that is their rights to see things different then you, you might try slowing down before you will lose any or all respect you may have..

  • Why should I be concerned about:
    1) What strangers think about me?
    2) Not being able to post my admiration on a website dedicated to those players and their team?

    If people don’t like me, I’m not concerned at all.
    If I’m wrong, I’m Ok with that.
    If people hate Kobe, thats their obstacle.

  • Why should I be concerned about:
    1) What strangers think about me?
    2) Not being able to post my admiration for a player on a website dedicated to that player and his team?

    If people don’t like me, I’m not concerned at all.
    If I’m wrong, I’m ok with that.
    If people hate Kobe, thats their demon.
    If people dont agree with me, thats their right.

    I dont hate on people for their difference of opinion.
    I DO hate on people for HATING.

  • Well that’s one of your problems you don’t want to hear it unless its agreeing with you and you don’t talk BB any longer its all about KOBE, TO be truthful with you your getting to be BORING, with the same talk every day ( just KOBE).

  • Well that’s one of your problems you don’t want to hear it unless its agreeing with you and you don’t talk BB any longer its all about KOBE, TO be truthful with you your getting to be BORING, with the same talk every day ( just KOBE).

  • False statement, but thats ok.

    A “forum” by definition is a PUBLIC place for ones expression.

    You have a choice. If I dont want to hear the public I stay indoors and close my doors. You can click the little X on your browsers page.

    Out of site, out of mind.

  • False statement, but thats ok.

    A “forum” by definition is a PUBLIC place for ones expression.

    You have a choice. If I dont want to hear the public I stay indoors and close my doors. You can click the little X on your browsers page.

    Out of site, out of mind.

  • You have a real head problem, and that is not a false statement its a finished statement BYE.

  • You have a real head problem, and that is not a false statement its a finished statement BYE.

  • When Dana types we all read!

    You have never typed any trash on here, therefore, we all appreciate your input.

  • Dana’s posts are eloquently written.Even on rare occasions where I don’t fully agree, its always pleasant reading her psots.

    Her posts are always genuine and passionate, thats always appreciated.

  • Oh, that’s a mistake. Most mornings I have trouble finding my car keys, even. You should just scroll on down… 🙂

  • Dana’s posts are eloquently written. Even on rare occasions where I don’t fully agree, its always pleasant reading her posts.

    Her posts are always genuine and passionate, thats always appreciated.

  • Oh, that’s a mistake. Most mornings I have trouble finding my car keys, even. You should just scroll on down… 🙂

  • Dirk is a great player, not as good defensively as the other 3 but still a definite hall of famer

  • Dirk is a great player, not as good defensively as the other 3 but still a definite hall of famer

  • Thanks for holding it down in my absence today. I do aim to hold it down for true fans of the whole team and it’s most dedicated players included too.

    Lets keep supporting the young and veteran players especially the ones with the most loyal and lengthy service.

    Wow it’s finally game night.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Thanks for holding it down in my absence today. I do aim to hold it down for true fans of the whole team and it’s most dedicated players included too.

    Lets keep supporting the young and veteran players. Especially the ones with the most loyal and lengthy service.

    Wow it’s finally game night.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Too bad Danny McEnAinge and Lerch McHale colluded to send KG to Boston instead of LA all those years ago or both these old dogs might have a few extra rings.

  • Too bad Danny McEnAinge and Lerch McHale colluded to send KG to Boston instead of LA all those years ago or both these old dogs might have a few extra rings.

  • Well said.

    I hope Russell and the rooks have a good game tonight.

    GO LAKERS!

  • Well said.

    I hope Russell and the rooks have a good game tonight.

    GO LAKERS!

  • Jahlil Okafor’s killin it. 6/8 shooting with two blocks and the 2nd quarter just started. I still say we shoulda taken him…

  • Jahlil Okafor’s killin it. 6/8 shooting with two blocks and the 2nd quarter just started. He does have a couple of TO’s but I still say we shoulda taken him…

  • That debate will go on forever.

    Russell is a Laker, we need to support our own.

  • That debate will go on forever.

    I liked Okafor, but Russell is a Laker, we need to support our own.

  • we already knew okafor was good for a double double before the season even started, this isn’t really a shock.

  • we already knew okafor was good for a double double before the season even started, this isn’t really a shock.

  • Imo he’s always had decent defense but yea he looks like he wants to prove people wrong

  • Imo he’s always had decent defense but yea he looks like he wants to prove people wrong

  • That’s why I asked because that’s the one thing people were labeling him as lacking on.

    I haven’t kept track of his game.

  • That’s why I asked because that’s the one thing people were labeling him as lacking on.

    I haven’t kept track of his game.

  • jordan did pretty well when he was 40 on the wizards.. he still avg over 20+ pts per game. show me any other 40 yrs old that puts up 20+ a game half of the players in the league that are in there primes dont put up numbers like that.

  • jordan did pretty well when he was 40 on the wizards.. he still avg over 20+ pts per game. show me any other 40 yrs old that puts up 20+ a game half of the players in the league that are in there primes dont put up numbers like that.

  • Yes he did average 20 points. But I think it is fair to say he and Kareem were a shell of themselves their last few of seasons. And Jordan may have been 40 but didn’t play 20 seasons or did he?

    And I didn’t mention what Kobe is doing to knock Kareem or Michael Jordan. It was to show how well Kobe is playing in and around his 20th season.

    Because many believe (myself included) that Kareem and MJ were two of the greatest players to ever play basketball.

    Paytc

  • Yes he did average 20 points. But I think it is fair to say he and Kareem were a shell of themselves their last few of seasons. And Jordan may have been 40 but didn’t play 20 seasons or did he?

    And I didn’t mention what Kobe is doing to knock Kareem or Michael Jordan. It was to show how well Kobe is playing in and around his 20th season.

    So people could have a better appreciation for what they are witnessing like it or not. But I would never knock MJ or Kareem. Their legacy speaks for itself.

    And many believe (myself included) that Kareem and MJ were two of the greatest players to ever play basketball.

    Paytc

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