Kobe Bryant’s career is something that has been a rollercoaster. The changing of players, coaches and the death of the beloved Dr. Buss, Kobe hasn’t seen much consistency since the departure of Phil Jackson. What does that mean for his legacy as a Laker? We can all agree that Bryant is a special player and one of the greatest players to play but that doesn’t mean he isn’t jealous of other players team situations such as San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan.
Kobe spoke to LA Daily and admitted he was jealous of how consistent Tim Duncan’s career has been.
“I can’t express to you how much I’m jealous,” Bryant said of Duncan’s career stability. “I’ve been up and down.”
“Just talking with him (Duncan), you could tell we were polar opposites,” Bryant said, laughing, as he recalled the commercial shoot. “We have similar sarcasm. But for me coming out of high school and he has four years at Wake Forest, he was not saying much. I’m all over the place.”
Duncan’s response regarding Kobe:
“He’s the ultimate competitor. He wants to win and wants to do well,” Duncan said of Bryant. “Seeing him come back from such a devastating injury to where he is now, good for him. It’s good to see him out there. You don’t want to see anybody down.”
Kobe and Duncan have a mutual respect for each other but Im sure its not just Kobe who holds Duncan’s career in a high regard. Duncan has been lucky to grace a team who plays team ball and focused on maintaining consistency for their players.