“He keeps doing it. He keeps making shots. He's a great player and deserves to be called a great player.”
—Celtics head coach Doc Rivers

“If he gets going, you won’t be able to stop him at all.”
—Former NBA All-Star Jalen Rose

“I've always thought he was the best player in basketball. I don't think it's even close."
—NBA coach Alvin Gentry

“There's nobody in this league that can guard him.”
—NBA coach Byron Scott

“I see a lot of myself in him. No doubt about it.”
—NBA legend Michael Jordan

“He has the ability to take the game over.”
—Teammate Derek Fisher

“When Kobe focuses in, he’s a good defensive player. When he decides he’s not going to give any player anything, he will be the best.”
—NBA coach Jim Cleamons

“Nobody can guard Kobe one-on-one. Nobody.”
—Former Lakers coach Del Harris

“If there’s a player in the NBA who has a chance to be Michael Jordan, I believe this is the one player. He combines the talent with the same incredible work ethic.”
—Agent Arn Tellem

“Every play, you look at him and wonder, ‘What’s next?”
—Former teammate Eddie Jones

“He doesn’t make his game a personal game anymore.”
—Former teammate Rick Fox

“I’ve seen a lot of high school basketball, but I’ve never seen anyone as good as Kobe was.”
Kobe’s high school coach Gregg Downer

“Kobe’s a model of what a young player should aspire to be. Year by year he learned and made his game more solid, and now he’s not just a highlight-film guy but an accomplished NBA player.”
—Former NBA head coach Larry Brown

“Kobe's range is unreal, and he does it his way.”
—Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"He takes the type of shots where you don't think they're going in, but suddenly he's rolling, so he's kind of hard to stop.”
—All-Star Chris Bosh

“He's learned how to become a leader in a way in which people want to follow him. That's really important for him to have learned that because he knew that he had to give to get back in return, and so he's become a giver rather than just a guy that's a demanding leader. That's been great for him and great to watch.''
—Lakers head coach Phil Jackson

"We have a deep-seated respect for each other. I marvel at this young man's competitive drive to reach excellence all the time and what he puts into every game, his ability to drive his team forward and make the game competitive night after night even when we've had disappointing endings."

“Kobe’s a well balanced young man. He’s always stayed focused on what is important.”
—Pam Bryant


Jalen Rose card
Doc Rivers,
1993 Topps Archive


Michael Jordan,
1993 Topps Archive


Rick Fox, 1994 Hoop


Chris Bosh, 2006 Topps


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