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Why Kobe Bryant belongs in the GOAT debate, per Patrick Beverley

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Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Patrick Beverley believes Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant belongs in the GOAT debate.

On the “JJ Redick podcast,” Beverley said Bryant taught players how to work hard and be successful.

Everyone’s list is different, but most NBA pundits have Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on their Mt. Rushmore of NBA GOATS. The order in which these three NBA icons are placed is subject to debate.

What isn’t up for debate is Bryant’s status as the greatest player in Lakers franchise history. The Black Mamba won five titles, two Finals MVPs and one regular-season MVP during his historic run in Los Angeles. Bryant averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 1,346 games with the Purple and Gold.

Kobe was so good that he essentially had two Hall of Fame careers with the Lakers. Before he switched to No. 24 in 2007, Bryant donned No. 8 from 1996 to 2006. The 18-time All-Star put up 24.6 points, 5.2 boards and 4.5 assists while wearing No. 8, and 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 dimes with No. 24.

The Lakers retired both of Bryant’s jerseys last season. Kobe may no longer be with us, but his legacy and spirit will always be remembered.

Bryant, along with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, were named Hall of Famers this year. The induction ceremony will take place in 2021 since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Hall of Fame committee to cancel this year’s event.