“Imagine Thinking Tim Duncan Is Better”: Kobe Bryant Manhandling Spurs Legend in Unearthed Video Triggers Hot Debate

Published 05/01/2022, 11:00 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 5: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers exchanges words with Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on November 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs won 105-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kobe Bean Bryant was among the greatest Lakers ever and left a legacy that dwarfs every player bar a few. He started his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was a one-club man. Kobe helped the Lakers win five championships during his career. He had many great rivals but Tim Duncan was the one who was the greatest adversary of his generation.

Recently a clip is going viral on Twitter which has divided NBA fans. We can see a young Kobe dunking on Tim Duncan twice. Fans have reacted to this clip in a variety of ways. See some of the reactions below-


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But there are some fans who are defending Tim Duncan. Check out their reactions too. See some of them below –

The Spurs-Lakers rivalry

After Michael Jordan and his Bulls team disbanded, the San Antonio Spurs became the NBA champs in a lockout curtailed shortened season. But the Lakers had their revenge when they won the next three championships in a row, achieving a three-peat.

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Spurs then got one back against the Lakers when they eliminated them during the 2003 NBA Playoffs en route to winning the 2003 championship. For five years in a row, either the Spurs or the Lakers won the championship.

Laker Kobe Bryant appears to be smiling while the San Antonio Spurs’ Bruce Bowen laments in the third quarter Tuesday in game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at the Staples Center.(LAT photo by ^^^) (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

For nearly half a decade, the Spurs-Lakers rivalry was the pinnacle of basketball and the de facto finals. It had a dynamic duo in Shaq and Kobe on one side going against a HOF trio in Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.

Kobe Bryant and his legend


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Kobe was part of the legendary 1996 NBA Draft. He later became a basketball icon who inspired an entire generation of basketball players who wanted to play the game, the way Kobe played. Kobe was the mid-range assassin who backed himself to make any and every shot in the book.


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He was also an effortless scorer and has the record of scoring the second-most points in a game, scoring 82 against the Toronto Raptors.


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ORLANDO, FLORIDA JUNE 11, 2009––Lakers Kobe Bryant wipes his eye brow in relief in overtime against the Magicin Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Orlando Thursday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kobe left us too early but had left a legacy on the game of basketball, which will forever be remembered for. He made every kid dream and gave them something even more powerful- hope.



Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.