The addition of four-time NBA MVP LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers has brought yet another all-time great to play for the franchise. This has led to an article being put out by Bleacher Report on Wednesday that list the best players to play the game to don a Lakers jersey.
It didn’t take long for second-year forward Kyle Kuzma to react to the list with what he believes was some disrespect to future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant for placing him as the eighth-best player to take the floor for the organization.
This list is disrespectful 🤯 https://t.co/Xc6WDpzFC3
— kuz (@kylekuzma) July 4, 2018
The rankings placed Bryant behind the likes of several Hall of Famers in Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and even their latest addition in James. In fact, the 33-year-old landed with the top overall spot on the list without even playing a single game with the Lakers.
To even be considered among the top players that features many Hall of Famers that have passed through Los Angeles is a tremendous honor. However, where the ire stems from is that Bryant has been placed eighth likely due to what Kuzma may believe is undermining what he accomplished over his illustrious 20-year career with the Lakers that was topped by helping the franchise win five NBA titles in seven NBA Finals appearances.
During the prime of his career was regarded as being one of the best all-around talents behind his well-rounded offensive game and ability to single-handedly take over a game. This helped him earn 18 All-Star Game selections, 11 All-NBA First Team nods, an NBA MVP award, and 12 NBA All-Defense team selections. All of this makes the ranking of Bryant lower on the list behind the likes of Malone and West seem a bit off for many given what Bryant accomplished over his two-decade career.