“Shouldn’t Talk”: Shannon Sharpe Taunts Jayson Tatum for Ranking Kobe Bryant in NBA Top 3

Published 07/11/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Kobe Bryant, USA, with his Gold Medal during the Men’s Basketball Final between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 12th August 2012. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


The NBA has seen talented players come and go over the course of its illustrious history. However, some are exceptional in their own realm. Those players are often a part of the greatest players conversation. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar are some of the frequent names on this list.

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Now, most would say that LeBron James and Michael Jordan are permanent entrants in the GOAT list. But, there are analysts and sports enthusiasts who argue Kobe Bryant is also a top 3 player of all time. Surprisingly, Shannon Sharpe thinks Kobe Bryant is not even a top 5 player in the NBA!

Nuggets Carmelo Anthony and Lakers Kobe Bryant in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center in Denver Monday April 28, 2008. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Shannon Sharpe defends leaving Kobe Bryant out of top 5

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Known for being on the show Undisputed with fellow analyst Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe recently said that he does not think Kobe Bryant is a top 5 player all of time. Needless to say, this sparked a burst on twitter. A recent fan reaction saw Shannon clear that he has Kareem Abdul Jabbar in his top 3.

Shannon says that putting Kobe Bryant in his top 3 is tough as he has won just 1 MVP trophy. Now, Sharpe has cleared that he puts Kareem over ‘The Mamba’.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a 6 time regular season MVP along with 6 NBA championships. Moreover, he averaged over 24 points for his entire career.

Statistically, there is no denying the greatness of Kareem. He is an 11 time All defensive team, 15 All-NBA and is the leading point scorer in NBA history. Sharpe is not wrong for putting Kareem in his top 3 because he is, indeed, one of the best players to ever play basketball.

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Who are the real Top 3 players?

People often argue about each other’s top players list bringing up facts and stats to support their argument. However, it is a personal list where there is no right or wrong. These lists are extremely subjective and depend on how each person sees the game.

While Shannon judges it off of multiple MVP’S, others may go by eye-test or work ethic or a player’s impact on and off the court. There is no definite top 3 or top 5 in basketball. Each person is entitled to their opinion for their own reasons.

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Boston, Massachusettes–June 17, 2008 Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court as the Celtics celebrate the championship in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the TD Banknorth Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The most important thing is that there is no wrong list in this conversation. It is subjected to how a person understands the game of basketball and what benchmark they set while making the list. Who are your top 3 players? Let us know in the comments.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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