‘Knew What He Wanted to Do’ Former Nuggets Forward Reveals Why Kobe Bryant Was a Nightmare to Guard

Published 09/14/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA. JAN. 04, 2015. Lakers’ #24 Kobe Bryant all smiles after an assist from teammate Carlos Boozer in a game vs the Pacers’ in the 1st half of the game at Staple Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 04, 2015. LA Lakers play the Indiana Pacers in a regular NBA season game. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


In terms of pure dominance on the basketball court, Kobe Bryant ranks above everyone in terms of the will to win. The shooting guard donned the Lakers jersey for a long time, showcasing his talents on the court. He won five NBA titles and stood loyal to the franchise for a long time. Former NBA player Corey Brewer spoke about the troubles he faced guarding Bryant in his prime.

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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket and gets fouled by Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first half at Staples Center on December 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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In terms of perimeter defending, Corey Brewer was one of the best defenders in the league. The former small forward spoke about guarding Kobe Bryant in his prime.

“You never forget the first time you played against Kobe Bryant. For me, it was in my rookie year in Minnesota and he dropped 30 on us. When he stepped on the court, just his swag, his whole demeanor, made me feel like, “Damn, this is Kobe Bryant!”

Lakers Kobe Bryant drives past Warriors Klay Thompson in the 1st quarter at the Staples Center Friday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“Kobe was a nightmare to guard. Seriously. He knew what he wanted to do, and I couldn’t make him do anything different. He had a plan, and he executed it and was amazing, man. Unbelievable. Kobe would make so many difficult shots and I’d just be amazed,” said Brewer.

Of course, Brewer is right. Kobe is one of the best players in the league. His ability to win and the determination he possessed are incredible.

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In spite of all the criticism he faced for shooting the ball a lot, Bryant was a winner. Moreover, he was prepared to go at all costs to win games. The ability to pick yourself up every time you miss a shot is amazing; and that’s what the Lakers legend did for a long time.

The shooting ability he possessed was in full flow during the 2005-06 season. Bryant scored 35.4 points per game in an incredible display of offensive skill set. Although he took a lot of shots, the Mamba trusted in his ability to take games by the scruff of the neck.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy from comissioner David Stern prior to game two of the Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Brewer learned that when he faced him. The legacy of Bryant is incredible. Fans should applaud the will to win and the steely resolve to keep going. Thus, Bryant will always be a legend in many people’s eyes.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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