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Devin Booker-Kobe Bryant comparisons, disrespectful to Lakers icon, says former Suns rival

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Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has never been shy about his admiration for the late Kobe Bryant. He wears his shoes, imitates his moves, and lives his philosophies. It’s great to witness, really.

Recently, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith recently declared Booker as the next Kobe. While many were slanted to agree, one former NBA champion wasn’t one of them. In a recent interview, Robert Horry said comparing the two high-scoring guards isn’t too cool.

“The comparison to Kobe is disrespectful to him and it is disrespectful to what D-Book is going to do in the future.”

Would you argue with a seven-time NBA champion?

Suns fans would probably be not too happy with Horry’s quip. Booker’s amazing ascent to one of the NBA’s top young stars mirrors Kobe’s career. Kobe won championships at a young age and Booker has the golden opportunity to do just that.

There’s also Horry’s bitter history with the Suns. He’ll forever be remembered in team history for his nasty flagrant foul on Steve Nash in Game 4 of their heated second round series in the 2007 NBA Playoffs. This led to Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw leaving the bench, earning them a one-game suspension each. This largely depleted the Suns, who eventually lost in six games. Horry also infamously clashed with the Suns front office during his 32-game stint with the squad in the 1996-1997 season.

Robert Horry played for years with Kobe Bryant though, so he knows the Black Mamba is built different. But he also knows Devin Booker is his own animal, and that’s more than enough praise.