Kevin Garnett to Kobe Bryant: ‘Damn, Boy, You Look So Much Like Jordan What Kobe Bryant Look Like’

Published 11/24/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant losses control of the ball after Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett,right, knocks ball away during first quarter action at Staples Center, Tuesday November 7, 2006. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant remains one of the most respected and admired athletes in the sports world. NBA fans often compare the Los Angeles Lakers legend to other NBA legends like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. The ‘Black Mamba’ spent his 19 year NBA career with the Lakers as their superstar talisman. During his long career, he frequently crossed paths with another NBA great in Kevin Garnett.

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Former NBA star Kevin Garnett recently reserved high praise for Kobe. Garnett, who was speaking on a podcast called ‘MILLION DOLLAZ WORTH OF GAME’, recalled an incident where he once remarked to Kobe that he played like NBA legend Michael Jordan.

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Garnett said, “You gotta be original for what you are you know what I’m saying. I used to joke with Kobe like ‘Damn boy, you look so much like Jordan, what Kobe Bryant look like?’ You know what I’m saying. That was my joke to him. Anybody else joked with him; he wasn’t laughing. You know what I’m saying. But um, you know being original and being yourself is everything. That’s where everything starts.

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Garnett and Kobe remained rivals through the best parts of their NBA career. Garnett and the Celtics won the 2008 NBA championship against Kobe and the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant guides the Lakers to a win against the Raptors with his 81-point game

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Los Angeles Lakers fans witnessed some of the NBA’s best performances by Kobe Bryant throughout his career. One of his all-time best performances remains his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors. His monumental effort remains the second-highest total in NBA history.

Gary Vitti, (right) trainer for the Los Angeles Lakers, talks with an exhausted Kobe Bryant, guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, after the Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors in overtime 118-116 at Staples Center on March 8, 2013. (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kobe’s third-quarter performance is considered the standout period of the game. He led the Lakers who were trailing with a deficit of 18 points by tallying 27 points in the third quarter. The Raptors were outscored 38-14 by the Lakers at the conclusion of the third quarter. The fourth quarter witnessed Kobe adding 28 points.

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Kobe Bryant etched his name into NBA history with an MVP-worthy performance on January 22, 2006, against the Raptors.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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