Kobe Bryant: My only rivals are Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson

With the Lakers hosting the Heat on Sunday, everybody’s attention likely centers on three of the league’s biggest superstars: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James (sorry, Chris Bosh). But sharing the stage with big names isn’t enough for Kobe to consider any of them a rival. Apparently he thinks it’s “a little late in the game” to have rivals who are currently playing.

“I’ve outgrown them all, from A.I. (Allen Iverson) when I first came in to (Tracy) McGrady to Vince Carter and so forth and so on,” Kobe said Friday, according to ESPN LA.

“At this point my rivals, in terms of what I have left to accomplish in my career, (left the game) when Magic (Johnson) and Michael (Jordan) retired in ’98. That’s it. In terms of what I’m looking to accomplish, that’s about it.”

Bryant is obviously thinking in terms of championships here. With five rings, Kobe needs one more to pass fellow Laker great Magic and two more to pass Jordan. This is perhaps Kobe’s way of saying you need championships to be considered on his level. And with Wade’s one and LeBron’s none, they both kind of fall short.

Either that, or Kobe refuses to be mentioned in the same sentence with guys who think they’re Banana Republic models.

Photo credit: Richard Rowe, US Presswire

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097077309 Carlos Mencia

    He is not Lying!!! No one in this generation of NBA players can match him. Only player close would be Tim Duncan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCN5ESCKSYV2DRNQVVEJXFCQ4Q ..

    kobe bryant is a beast, he is the best ever. everything else is just HATING.

  • Anonymous

    haha no rivals, he rapes with the best of em.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002042668646 William Tillman

    I feel he’s one oif the best there is now, all the real player are gone, don’t hate .

  • Anonymous

    Career stats don’t even come close to MJ’s/Magic’s. That’s not hatin’, just a thing called the facts…

  • http://www.twitter.com/MastaEazy Eazy

    kobe is the number 1 scorer in laker history, kobe is the greatest laker in laker history. so he’s already surpassed magic truthfully

  • http://www.twitter.com/MastaEazy Eazy

    kobe is the greatest of his era hands down..and will he retire as the greatest to ever play the game

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YJWVSCVAXNFKWTYM5JXVYNYCXY keith

    Kobe Byants head is more swole that a helium balloon. You think your so good that you have no more rivals??? He had no rivals in the first place! MJ wasn’t even thinking about Kobe when the Bulls were running over everyone & Magic retired for the last time in 1996, the year Kobe came in the league. Get off yourself already…

  • http://www.facebook.com/SWA666OFWG Tevin Mickens

    I’m not going to lie I can’t stand obe In my eyes yeah the man got 2 RINGS by his damn self SHAQ got obe his first 3 WITH OUT SHAQ HE WOULD ONLY HAVE 2 RING