Lakers News: Pau Gasol Calls Kobe Bryant ‘One Of The Greatest’
Lakers News: Pau Gasol Calls Kobe Bryant ‘one Of The Greatest’

After making his announcement about retiring at the end of the 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers season, Kobe Bryant has received praise from former and current players.

During the 2007-08 NBA season, Pau Gasol was traded to the Lakers and immediately helped them to three consecutive Finals appearances where they won in 2009 (Orlando Magic) and 2010 (Boston Celtics).

With Gasol now finishing his career as a member of the Chicago Bulls, he spoke about what he will always remember playing with Kobe according to Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report:

“Just how competitive he is,” Gasol said. “He’ll continue to be no matter what he does. That’s just his spirit. He’s a hardworking guy. He wants to be the best. He doesn’t settle for anything less. He’s always going to try to be—and will be—exceptional.”

When asked about where Kobe ranks all-time, Gasol had the following to say:

“One of the greatest,” Gasol said. “Where would he rank? That’s very subjective. But he’s definitely at the top, for what he’s accomplished with his teams and how long he’s played. The dedication, the work he’s put into the game and how much he’s given to the game. So I feel like that makes you one of the best ever.”

When Kobe officially retires, there will be debates about where he ranks all-time. Some consider him the greatest Laker and the greatest shooting guard behind Michael Jordan.

With 66 games remaining in the season, the Lakers will embark on an eight-game road trip that begins in his hometown of Philadelphia. As a result of Kobe’s announcement, this will likely start his farewell tour as one of the greatest to ever play this game.

I enjoyed the Kobe Shaq era a lot. However the back and forth between the two created a fraction amongst fans. You were either team Kobe or team Shaq. The Kobe and Pau era was my favorite between the two. No back and forth barking. The two played off each other and they liked each other. I’m glad that Kobe and Shaq are better friends now. But I’ve always enjoyed the mutual respect that Pau and Kobe have for each other.

  • I agree, the Kobe Shaq feud really put a strain on things. Even when they were out there destroying teams, media still would keep bringing up the beef or analyzing every little interaction between them. I admit even I used to catch myself watching closely to see if they would even high five each other sometimes. Both were exciting enjoyable times, but Kobe Pau era, the whole team felt more brotherly.

  • Class Personafide…..He also enhanced his Career in LA and the NBA once he arrived to play for the Lakers…Respect.

  • Really wish they could have won another in 2011 so Kobe could have had two threepeats. Ah well. Running into Dallas was a death sentence.

  • Pau should have a couple of golden angel wings retired here. He is just such a dayum nice guy!

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  • the NBA doesnt want the LA lakers back in the NBA finals.
    its like corruption at the highest level.
    i really dont know why others cant see it.
    people must be blind.

  • havent watched the last 4 Laker games and now with Kobe retiring is it even worth it?
    ive seen him for 20 years play.
    the team sucks so bad im thinking about getting my money back for NBA league pass and cancel it.
    really not interested in watching games anymore.
    the fans of lakersnation some of them are the most disrespectful ive ever talked to.
    ive seen fans of other teams be more respectful to Kobe than our own fans….
    its just really sad…..and a damn shame.
    i will miss Kobe but i dont think these fans deserve to see him anymore.
    they deserve something alot worse. maybe spending time in jail with big bubba….

  • so we’re not suppose to say anything about 7 3pt attempts 9 minutes into the game? i dont even think steph does that.

  • Oh please, that’s a terrible statement.

    The NBA absolutely wants the Lakers back. Boston, New York, and Chicago as well. That’s where the money is…

  • Kobe is behind Magic and Jabbar but still in the Top 10 all-time. Pretty amazing that L.A. has 4 of the 10 best players ever.

  • wrong!
    They dont care about big market teams.
    David stern ruined it for em already.
    Anything a team gains they have to share with junky teams.
    So if a millionaire has 300 million

    and i only make 20k per year should he be forced to share 1 mil with me?
    Just bc i cant make my own money?
    Thats the NBA for ya.
    thank you david stern again for doing it to us again.

  • No offense but I’m not wrong here and you’re making my argument for me.

    Revenue sharing is the reason why the league wants big market success… big markets make for bigger pies to share.

  • subjective, commissioner said nba is looking to spread the “wealth” for all the nba teams to be competitive and other teams will get a chance to win rings for their own team…that just means decreasing “big markets” while increasing and helping the low tier nba teams

  • never seen Magic play so for me it’s Kobe, I dont know, I just prefer guys who can score anytime anywhere(MJ,Kobe) than guys who are all around player(larry bird,bron)

  • top 5(MJ-Magic-KAJ-LBird-Kobe), top 7 at worst(MJ-Magic-KAJ-LBrid-Wilt-Bi11-Kobe-TD-Big O-Bron)

  • Id say they have a plan tho it’s quite difficult to pull out(KD and Drummond/Whiteside)

  • Check old film of magic , he was something. PG taking over center is one amazing memory.

  • I would like to watch Magic,The Logo,KAJ and Wilt games, but doubt youtube have those except highlights

  • Ain’t happening without solid depth at the starting positions. All the masses have to look forward to is the youth movement . Best to acquire 1 or 2 prime vets to help possibly lure a top tier player aside of help the youth out.

  • only way to get prime vet is to trade 1 of the youngins(Dlo) say for Lilliard, then sign Durant/rummond/Whiteside

  • Disagree, IMO it’s by way of acquiring better depth at the starting rotation. Preferably a 2nd/3rd tier prime yr/vet big who can help this team today and to lure better starting talent for 2016.

    Very likely (trade) by packaging (ex.) like Young/Bass/Sacre or Lou/Kelly. Won’t impact the future youth movement while improving the starting rotation.

  • Truthfully wasn’t even thinking about your choices lol. Tim Mozgov seems unhappy this season with the Cavs. There be a good pick up aside of possible trade pitch (Hibbert UFA for MozgovUFA/Varejao or for just Varejao) if the Cavs were desperate enough in believing their under performance while being 13-5.

    With regards to those five players, it’s more to add depth/acquire a big (4/5) aside of acquiring a bigger asset to flip for if it so happens that the Lakers can help lure a star player in 2016 or 2017.

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