WATCH: Stephen A Smith and Renowned Rapper Ice Cube Discuss Their Top 5 Kobe Bryant Moments

Published 01/21/2021, 7:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

It’s been almost a year since the world lost NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. However, it feels like the news broke out just yesterday. Over the past year, many celebrities have given tributes to Bryant. Recently, popular rapper Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) joined Stephen A. Smith for an interview on ESPN.


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In the interview, Jackson was asked about his thoughts on Stephen A. Smith’s list of top 5 Kobe Bryant moments on the court. Here’s how Ice Cube reacted to each moment:

5. Kobe explodes for 61 points at Madison Square Garden


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Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif.. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

The New York Knicks’ stadium, Madison Square Garden, is one of the most electrifying places to play basketball in the entire league. Kobe’s 61 points back in 2009 is still the most points ever scored in the stadium by an opposing team’s player.

Ice cube said, “I mean Kobe’s done a lot of things. To me that was a great game…I don’t know, Kobe’s got a top 50!”

4. Game 4 of the 2000 NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers

During this game, Bryant completely took over in the crunch time. He went on to score 8 points in overtime as he led the team to a 2-point victory over the Pacers.

To this, Ice Cube said, “Now you’re talking, Championship, you know. I mean, just the moment, how young he was, how ferocious, he wasn’t worried about, this works.”

3. Kobe leads comeback against Dallas Mavericks

The Lakers were down bad against the Dirk Nowitzki led Mavericks. They were down 27 points at the start of the 4th quarter! But Kobe’s 21 points in the quarter helped the Lakers in registering the win against the Mavs.

I don’t remember that one. I gotta go back and look at that game… Man, this boy has so many moments, it’s hard for me to pick the top 5. I don’t see how you did it Stephen A,” said Ice Cube.

2. Career-high 81 points by Kobe Bryant against the Raptors

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Laker Kobe Bryant #24 as the Lakers beat the Jazz 107-96 to win the series during game five of a first round Western Conference playoff basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday April 27, 2009 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

This was one of the best individual performances from a player in the league’s history. Kobe’s 81 points are still the second most points scored by any player in the NBA. He is second only to Wilt Chamberlain.

Ice Cube said, “I was in Mexico during that, I missed that game, I did not go to that game and I still regret it. You know Mexico is cool but damn, 81.”

1. Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last NBA game

(Boston, Mass. June 8th 2008) Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court at the end of the game as Celtic fans celebrate in Game 2 of the NBA Championship Sunday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

After being in the league for 20 years, Kobe said goodbye to the game in the best way possible. He scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz in 2016!


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To this, Ice Cube said, “That’s sick! Once again, I’m in Atlanta shooting a movie, I missed this game, my son is there and they still, when they talk about it they just light up on this moment. I mean Kobe has a million great moments on the basketball court, that’s why we love him so much.”


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What are your thoughts on Stephen A’s list of top 5 Kobe Bryant moments? Do you agree with him?


Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.