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Ex-Teammate Kobe Bryant suggests why Lakers Legend hated super teams

 

BEIJING – AUGUST 24: (L-R) Carmelo Anthony, Tayshan Prince, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Michael Redd of the USA salute as their nations Nationwide Anthem is performed through the medal ceremony after defeating Spain 118-107 within the gold medal recreation throughout Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Video games on the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Picture by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

Tremendous groups are the way in which to win championships within the minds of many. The Large three Miami Warmth period with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James received two NBA Championships doing it.

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So did the 2008 Boston Celtics squad with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Late Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant was nonetheless within the NBA throughout that interval and through a current episode of the Heavy Dwell With Scoop B Present, I requested Michael Redd, an Olympic teammate of Bryant’s through the gold medal successful 2008 U.S. Baskebtall group, if Bryant was much less receptive to ‘buddy ball’ again then.

“I imply, we have been older,” Redd stated.

“Kobe’s a yr older than me and on the time we have been simply totally different minded in that proven fact that we’d by no means play with one another. We loved one another. We have been associates and boys however, I’m not understanding with you… though me and Kobe we did work out collectively a few instances in the summertime collectively throughout our Olympic run, however the youthful guys have been those who actually began that dialog up; and clearly they have been shut. They got here in collectively. Similar brokers. Similar draft with D-Wade, ‘Melo, Bosh and LeBron, Chris Paul proper behind them…so these conversations have been occurring with them extra so than the older guys.”

A five-time NBA Champion, Bryant did win championships with notable Lakers teammates like Shaquille O’Neal, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace throughout his profession. Nevertheless, these teammates got here by way of trades versus free company.

Why would somebody in Bryant’s age bracket be against tremendous groups?

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A retired NBA All Star and an environment friendly three-point shooter who averaged 19 factors per recreation in stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, Redd says that it was only a signal of the instances. “Totally different mentality,” he stated.

“Totally different period. Bear in mind, social media wasn’t an element. So the strain to win a championship from a social media [standpoint] wasn’t even round. And you recognize, you take a look at the nice gamers; Karl Malone, Pat Ewing, Reggie Miller…our mentality was to stick with one franchise our complete profession and irrespective of the way it turned out, we wished to be with that one group. So yeah. It was a distinct mentality. There was by no means the strain to win a championship to quantify when you had an excellent profession or not. It simply wasn’t there however, the competitors stage…it was extra of a – I couldn’t wait to play towards Kobe. I couldn’t wait to play towards Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady. Who’s the higher participant that wins tonight? So, you measure your self towards the greatness that you just performed towards each night time greater than cake strolling by way of the NBA schedule so, it was a distinct vibe again then.”


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