Kevin Durant, thank you man. You said exactly what all of us wish we had the proper platform to say. Er, at least us Lakers fans (I know there are some haters out there, but you have to admit it's true). Kobe Bryant got so much more hate than almost anyone during his undeniably successful 20 year career.
Now that Kobe Bryant is officially leaving the league at the end of this season with 5 rings (that 6th isn't coming, sorry LA), we can reflect on the greatness that was KB24.
And during this time of reflection, there's no point in not commenting on a point that Kevin Durant was able to so eloquently explain.
Obviously, Kobe sparks some controversy... one of the media's favorite things to feed off of. But here's how Durant put it.
"I've been disappointed this year because you guys treated him like shit. He's a legend and all I hear about is how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like shit and I really didn't like it. Hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year."
Kobe and Durant obviously have a history in the league as friends, having played together in the Olympics and on the international team as teammates as well.
Durant also added this, talking about Kobe Bryant:
"I studied him, wanted to be like him."
The respect and admiration is clearly there.
It's also great to see loyalty and a feeling of responsibility in Durant's mind to defend who he believes to be his boy. Rather than taking part in the fickle assassination of Kobe's game (which to be fair, has gotten markedly worse), Durant wants us to change our perspective to the early Kobe days, when he could absolutely do no wrong.
So, let's remember Kobe, not for airballs, injuries, and tired legs... but for THIS (and many other nights like it).