Roy Hibbert On Kobe Bryant: ‘He’s A G.O.A.T’
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Naming all of the accomplishments of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at this point is unnecessary as just about everyone acknowledges him as one of the best players in NBA history.

That being said, his standing amongst the all-time greats will surely come up more often now that his career is coming to a close soon.

Center Roy Hibbert is getting to experience Kobe up close for the first time this season, and when asked what has surprised him about Kobe, he complimented the legend before calling him the greatest of all time via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

The argument for the greatest NBA player ever is a completely subjective and never-ending one. Kobe will surely be in the discussion, but arguments will also be made for players like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, and of course, Michael Jordan.

Whether or not someone feels Kobe is actually the greatest ever is beside the point. The fact that he is in the discussion is proof to how great Kobe has been throughout his career. With this possibly being his final season, it could be the last chance for fans to witness a true legend.

The Lakers obviously want to send Kobe out the best way possible, and making the playoffs would be a great way to do so. Hibbert has impressed so far in the preseason as has Kobe. If those two vets, as well as the continually improving young trio of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and D’Angelo Russell can carry their performance over to the regular season, fans just may be able to witness one more amazing moment from Kobe.

GOAT KOBE!
GO LAKERS!

Let the hating begin.

  • L.A times is full of dip?’S from the Midwest !! We want Metta on th roster!!

  • L.A times is full of dip?’S from the Midwest !! We want Metta on th roster!!

  • To who ever ranked Kobe as number 93. First let me thank you for putting him there as this has made this a fuel to Kobe before the season started. Second congratulations for making a little money aside for your journalistic sensationalism. Lastly I thought I told you children to stay away from writing this funny stuff. Now you are the laughing stock of the basketball community. Pathetic.

  • To who ever ranked Kobe as number 93. First let me thank you for putting him there as this has made this a fuel to Kobe before the season started. Second congratulations for making a little money aside for your journalistic sensationalism. Lastly I thought I told you children to stay away from writing this funny stuff. Now you are the laughing stock of the basketball community. Pathetic.

  • I’m mostly concerned about how well the Lakers do this season as a team. That said, it would be great (regardless of how deep they make it) for the Lakers to make the playoffs and do some damage with Kobe making one last run with the current squad.

    Kobe would then have made a successful run through literally three different eras (Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Pau, Kobe/Trinity (Randle, Clarkson, Russell). I mean, how many players have stayed with the same team the entirety of their careers while also having been “the guy” through multiple eras of contention? That’s a sweet deal.

  • I’m mostly concerned about how well the Lakers do this season as a team. That said, it would be great (regardless of how deep they make it) for the Lakers to make the playoffs and do some damage with Kobe making one last run with the current squad.

    Kobe would then have made a successful run through literally three different eras (Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Pau, Kobe/Trinity (Randle, Clarkson, Russell). I mean, how many players have stayed with the same team the entirety of their careers while also having been “the guy” through multiple eras of contention? That’s a sweet deal.

  • We Lakers fans have been lucky to have had so many great players including Kobe, Magic, Kareem, Jerry West, Wilt, Worthy, Shaq, Pau, and so many more. I only wish we still had Chick on the Mic, that guy was the best.

  • We Lakers fans have been lucky to have had so many great players including Kobe, Magic, Kareem, Jerry West, Wilt, Worthy, Shaq, Pau, and so many more. I only wish we still had Chick on the Mic, that guy was the best.

  • Big part of Kobe’s success this preseason so far…. he’s barely handling the ball. Let’s hope they can keep this up.

  • Big factor of Kobe’s success this preseason so far…. he’s barely handling the ball. Let’s hope they can keep this up.

  • That is the difference in Roy Hibbert and Dwight Howard in terms of a team mate and respect for one of the game’s greatest. Great attitude, commitment to put the necessary work in, and respect. Roy Hibbert is a difference maker, not a finger pointing excuse maker.

    Roy Hibbert came in with an attitude of respect and what he was willing to bring to help the “team” win games. Howard came in with an attitude of I want to be the face of the team and lead the team on both sides of the court without putting in the necessary work to get better as an offensive player first.

    Both players are mainly defensive superstars. Defense, rebounds, and toughness are the best parts of both Hibbert and Howard’s games. So instead of Howard embracing that was the biggest value he brought to the Lakers he wanted to be “the man.” And the team for some reason thought they should build everything around Nash and Howard as if they were gonna turn the Lakers into the Phoenix Suns.

    The team already had Kobe and Gasol. Two very capable scorers. Scoring wasn’t the team’s weakness. It was protecting the rim, defense, and reliable point guard play.

    The Lakers wasted the paste three years but it was a good thing Kobe sat out and didn’t accuminlate unnessecarry wear and tear on his body.

    This looks like the best group ego, athletic capability, and attitude wise the Lakers have had since winning back to back championships.

    Let’s hope they can stay healthy long enough to develop trust, confidence, and team chemistry. Lets hope that helps them be able to bring a healthy team into the playoffs.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • That is the difference in Roy Hibbert and Dwight Howard in terms of a team mate and respect for one of the game’s greatest. Great attitude, commitment to put the necessary work in, and respect. Roy Hibbert is a difference maker, not a finger pointing excuse maker. He wants to add something to help unite the team, not add fuel to help the Laker hating media divide the team.

    Roy Hibbert came in with an attitude of respect and what he was willing to bring to help the “team” win games. Howard came in with an attitude of I want to be the face of the team and lead the team on both sides of the court without putting in the necessary work to get better as an offensive player first. Far too much disrespect, immaturity, selfishness, and ego.

    Both players are mainly defensive superstars. Defense, rebounds, and toughness are the best parts of both Hibbert and Howard’s game. So instead of Howard embracing that was the biggest value he brought to the Lakers he wanted to be “the man.” And the team for some reason thought they should build everything around Nash and Howard as if they were gonna turn the Lakers into the Phoenix Suns. Who has 16 championships the Lakers or the Suns?

    The team already had Kobe and Gasol. Two very capable scorers. Scoring wasn’t the team’s weakness. It was protecting the rim, defense, and reliable point guard play. And overall team depth.

    The Lakers wasted the paste three years. But it was a good thing Kobe sat out and didn’t accuminlate unnessecarry wear and tear on his body.

    This looks like the best group ego, athletic capability, and attitude wise the Lakers have had since winning back to back championships.

    Let’s hope they can stay healthy long enough to develop trust, confidence, and team chemistry. Lets hope that helps them be able to bring a healthy team into the playoffs.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • That is why Kobe was given such high regard in my book. He has done more with less against more hate and resistance in NBA history. Simply remarkable when you think of all he has been put through and how he continues to thrive and prosper. We are witnessing perhaps the greatest basketball career in NBA history. That is why I am appreciating every moment of it.

    I think Shaq’s advice was much better than KAJ’s. Shaq is encouraging Kobe to keep going without taking his focus off his goal line. KAJ knows a healthy Kobe Bryant with help is the biggest threat to his scoring title.

    It is awesome to finally see Kobe Bryant with legitimate help. This is the best team talent,ego,attitude, and chemistry wise they have had to start the season since 2010 back to back champs.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • That is why Kobe was given such high regard in my book. He has done more with less against more hate and resistance than any player in NBA history. Simply remarkable when you think of all he has been put through and how he continues to thrive and prosper. We are witnessing perhaps the greatest basketball career in NBA history. That is why I am appreciating every moment of it.

    I think Shaq’s advice was much better than KAJ’s. Shaq is encouraging Kobe to keep going without taking his focus off his goal line. KAJ knows a healthy Kobe Bryant with help is the biggest threat to his scoring title.

    It is awesome to finally see Kobe Bryant with legitimate help. This is the best team talent,ego,attitude, and chemistry wise they have had to start the season since 2010 back to back champs.

    Kobe you still have the ability to play at the highest or superstar level. So despite those who dislike or doubt you, keep that drive, determination, and killer instinct. True basketball fans, and the hater less back you 100%.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • this team hasnt had this many athletic players in a long time.
    clarkson, randle, russell ( underrated athleticism ), young, williams, bass, nance jr, black, A brown

  • this team hasnt had this many athletic players in a long time.
    clarkson, randle, russell ( underrated athleticism ), young, williams, bass, nance jr, black, A brown

  • That is so true. They also don’t have unrealistic expectations. Actually they have been given fuel by media expectations being so low on their capabilities. They also have less ego and more respect within the team as a whole. That will help unit them instead of the division they had with the Nash and Howard Phoenix Suns experiment. What a joke and waste of time that was.

    Paytc

  • That is so true. They also don’t have unrealistic expectations. Actually they have been given fuel by media expectations being so low on their capabilities. They also have less ego and more respect within the team as a whole. That will help unite them instead of the division they had with the Nash and Howard Phoenix Suns experiment. What a joke and waste of time that was setting the team back about three years.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • How can you be anything but a joke when your the Eat Shit and Piss crap Network. Who even tunes into them anymore?

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • How can you be anything but a joke when your the Eat Shit and Piss crap Network. Who even tunes into them anymore?

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • lol you know it!
    Kobe the greatest basketball player of all time.
    bar none. fxck the haters!

  • lol you know it!
    Kobe the greatest basketball player of all time.
    bar none. fxck the haters!

  • did you see bob sacre in the game?
    i saw ryan kelly play and i was not impressed 1 bit….
    time to hit the road.

  • did you see bob sacre in the game?
    i saw ryan kelly play and i was not impressed 1 bit….
    time to hit the road.

  • lol. are you from la?
    i dont even watch ESPN because they are too far up Lebrons ass to be heard.
    I just turn on NBA tv and i usually hear a fair assesment of the Lakers.
    Or of coarse TWC sportsnet.
    i watch all the Lakers stuff on there really.
    Lakeshow, backstage Lakers,access sportsnet Lakers, ect…
    what does your name stand for sd hendrix im curious?

  • lol. are you from la?
    i dont even watch ESPN because they are too far up Lebrons ass to be heard.
    I just turn on NBA tv and i usually hear a fair assesment of the Lakers.
    Or of coarse TWC sportsnet.
    i watch all the Lakers stuff on there really.
    Lakeshow, backstage Lakers,access sportsnet Lakers, ect…
    what does your name stand for sd hendrix im curious?

  • baseball or hockey fans.
    i never see anything even close to basketball on there.
    NBA TV or TWC sportsnet buddy.
    ESPN is a lost cause.
    i stopped watching more than 10 years ago shit isnt the only word for them to use.

  • baseball or hockey fans.
    i never see anything even close to basketball on there.
    NBA TV or TWC sportsnet buddy.
    ESPN is a lost cause.
    i stopped watching more than 10 years ago shit isnt the only word for them to use.

  • It just goes to show you some people just don’t understand BB.
    KELLY: 18 minutes 5/7 shooting 3/3 behind the line 7 RB 3 AST. 1 BLK 15 PTS, I would be ashamed to tell anyone that I understand what I saw last night if I were you, he finally got a chance to play PF his natural poss. What a poor excuse as a LAKERS FAN.

  • It just goes to show you some people just don’t understand BB.
    KELLY: 18 minutes 5/7 shooting 3/3 behind the line 7 RB 3 AST. 1 BLK 15 PTS, I would be ashamed to tell anyone that I understand what I saw last night if I were you, he finally got a chance to play PF his natural poss. What a poor excuse as a LAKERS FAN.

  • Only completely idiot may believe kobe is goat. He is not even top 10, 1 mvp in 20 years, second fiddle for half career, never best in league in any single season. ROFL

  • It seems you have no idea why he’s been put much higher than he deserved. he is not even top 200. Face the facts!

  • It seems you have no idea why he’s been put much higher than he deserved. he is not even top 200. Face the facts!

  • I have never seen KOBY talk so much to his players as he is doing now, and he looks happy with what we have, we have a great group of guys and they seem to all fit in, we are LUCKY that they fit so well so early.

  • I have never seen KOBY talk so much to his players as he is doing now, and he looks happy with what we have, we have a great group of guys and they seem to all fit in, we are LUCKY that they fit so well so early.

  • I agree with that Al 100 %. There appears to be unity and mutual respect. I think Kobe is most happy with the professional attitude and approach all the players young and old are coming in with. We haven’t had a group like this since the start of 2010 season. I think they all have a chip on their shoulders and want to go out and take the respect the league and media has denied them as players and a team.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I agree with that Al 100 %. There appears to be unity and mutual respect. I think Kobe is most happy with the professional attitude and approach all the players young and old are coming in with. We haven’t had a group like this since the start of 2010 season. I think they all have a chip on their shoulders and want to go out and take the respect the league and media has denied them as players and as a team.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • The Showcase 6’9″ F Holmes – Solid Like to see if can play Defense. Showcase
    Frazier G – Defense, is what I’am looking for. DR & JC have been
    allowing TOO many guards deep into paint, and unable SO Far to slow down
    Opponents on D. Showcase 7’0″ Upshaw – let Hibbert rest sore knees. (No
    MORE Sacre, Black, Kelly – they had years to showcase)

  • The Showcase 6’9″ F Holmes – Solid Like to see if can play Defense. Showcase
    Frazier G – Defense, is what I’am looking for. DR & JC have been
    allowing TOO many guards deep into paint, and unable SO Far to slow down
    Opponents on D. Showcase 7’0″ Upshaw – let Hibbert rest sore knees. (No
    MORE Sacre, Black, Kelly – they had years to showcase)

  • you m ust be an old man who still thinks hes in the army.
    you might know guns and grenades but you dont know basketball old man go back to playing bingo.

  • you m ust be an old man who still thinks hes in the army.
    you might know guns and grenades but you dont know basketball old man go back to playing bingo.

  • old men like you wont get lost fast enough.
    why do you even bother talking to me?
    i dont like you old man get over yourself.

  • old men like you wont get lost fast enough.
    why do you even bother talking to me?
    i dont like you old man get over yourself.

  • i wish we were lucky enough to not have you as a fan.
    you are boring old man.
    go back to playing bingo.

  • i wish we were lucky enough to not have you as a fan.
    you are boring old man.
    go back to playing bingo.

  • i hate to agree with you but i do.
    kelly had his chances his times up.
    time for jabari and upshaw to show what they got…..

  • i hate to agree with you but i do.
    kelly had his chances his times up.
    time for jabari and upshaw to show what they got…..

  • That’s what I’m saying. The drive that Kobe possesses is rare so you don’t expect many people to have it at that level. That said, it’s a huuuge difference between “it’d be nice to make the playoffs/we’ll see” and “Folks better get out of our way, it’s ballin’ time!” I’d argue even the ’10 team lacked the killer instinct that the Shaq/Kobe teams had. Shaq/Kobe/Fisher/Horry/Fox/assorted positively made people fear playing against them, something the Kobe/Pau era didn’t have. But I do agree, ’09 was the last time we had players that really wanted it and played like it.

  • That’s what I’m saying. The drive that Kobe possesses is rare so you don’t expect many people to have it at that level. That said, it’s a huuuge difference between “it’d be nice to make the playoffs/we’ll see” and “Folks better get out of our way, it’s ballin’ time!” I’d argue even the ’10 team lacked the killer instinct that the Shaq/Kobe teams had. Shaq/Kobe/Fisher/Horry/Fox/assorted positively made people fear playing against them, something the Kobe/Pau era didn’t have. But I do agree, ’09 was the last time we had players that really wanted it and played like it.

  • Good post. Two totally different teams. I think the difference was the fear and respect Shaq presented the league at that time. He was a matchup problem and a head ache on both ends. The Gasol Odom, Bynum 3 head monster with that size and length presented big problems as well and were also the best team in the league. Phil Jackson’s ego and coaching predictability prevented them from winning about 3 more championships IMO.

    Paytc

  • Good post. Two totally different teams. I think the difference was the fear and respect Shaq presented the league at that time. He was a matchup problem and a head ache on both ends. Kobe was Kobe !

    The Gasol, Odom, Bynum 3 head monster with that size and length presented big problems as well and were also the best team in the league. Phil Jackson’s ego and coaching predictability prevented them from winning about 3 more championships IMO.

    Of course Kobe and Fisher were the constants on both teams.

    Paytc

  • trade him if noone wants him waived.
    i mean him or jabari whos better?
    id go with jabari but he did just have a 15 point game.
    but have you ever heard the sayin too little too late?

  • trade him if noone wants him waived.
    i mean him or jabari whos better?
    id go with jabari but he did just have a 15 point game.
    but have you ever heard the sayin too little too late?

  • That is what Kobe wanted when he tried to get CP3 to join the Lakers. It’s what Kobe wanted when an old Nash was all he could get. It’s what he wanted when Farmar and Lin couldn’t lock the spot down. I don’t think Kobe ever wanted to run the point. He did it because he became the best the team had handling the ball. Kobe is a much better player coming the ball and the team is better then too.

    Paytc

  • That is what Kobe wanted when he tried to get CP3 to join the Lakers. It’s what Kobe wanted when an old Nash was all he could get. It’s what he wanted when Farmar and Lin couldn’t lock the spot down. I don’t think Kobe ever wanted to run the point. He did it because he became the best the team had handling the ball. Kobe is a much better player coming the ball and the team is better then too.

    Paytc

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