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Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose

Posted on: December 10, 2010 6:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Everyone keeps waiting on the older generation of NBA stars to start passing the so-called torch to the younger, rising group of stars. The old dogs like Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett hear a lot about all the up and comers.

No doubt there's a ton of talent in the league right now. And no doubt there's probably as much young talent as there's ever been. I mean, start going down the list. John Wall, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, basically the entire Thunder roster... the league's going to be set for a while.

But that doesn't mean the older players are ready to hand over the reins by any means. Especially Kobe Bryant. We should all know better.

After the Bulls lost a tight game to the Lakers last month, Kobe had a brief conversation with Rose. So a reporter asked Bryant if there was anything metaphorical to take from that. Anything to suggest that the torch is being passed to Rose. And Kobe answered in the only way we should've expected. Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

"Oh, sure, but I ain't passing s---." Then Kobe was asked if Rose has to come and take this torch from Kobe. Bryant grinned and said, "He can certainly try."

Obviously Kobe is one of the most hyper-competitive guys to ever play so it doesn't matter if he's 40, he's going to think he's still the best out there. Michael Jordan said a few years ago that he still thinks he could play with just about anybody in the league. That's how the great ones look at their ability and their grasp on where they stand in the game. It's not like someone's going to just come and take away their perch.

Though at some point, things will be about Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Griffin, Wall, Tyreke Evans and the younger class. But like Kobe said, there's no passing it. Those guys have got to come take it.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 11:19 am

Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose


No where in the article does Derrick Rose say anything....there isn't a quote from him at all. So I don't know how you think Rose is believing the hype.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:37 pm

Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose

So you mean to tell me the guy who said before tonight's game he doesn't even think he's a star is believing the hype about himself?

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:03 pm

Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose

ur going to imply that D. Rose isnt as good as his hype??..

You ever watch this kid play?.. I live in Chicago, but I am not a Bulls fan. (Lakers fan).. I watch this kid play all the time and he IS FILTHY.. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, in this league can guard Rose one on one. He blows right past everyone, has a 40 plus inch vertical, and is developing a very good jump shot. You see him hit that 3 pointer at the buzzer against the Rockets last week??.. Fading away, jumping over 2 taller defenders, at the buzzer to force OT?.. Yeah i guess thats not impressive.
 Look at the damn picture in this article. Kids got hops, putting that hand in Kobe's face. He is the single most explosive player on the planet, and if you cant admit that, just watch a few Bulls games. I love Kobe to death and I know he is the greatest player of this era, hands down. But to say Rose isnt worthy of the hype is just stupid. He is a point guard averaging 25 ppg, and he could easily go for 30 or more if he wanted. And stats arent everything. Just watch the kid play. Westbrook on OKC is similar in terms of explosiveness and talent, but Rose is the best point guard in the league. Rondo is good at slinging dimes, thats it. Paul doesnt have Rose's speed or athleticism. He cant be stopped one on one. Sick Im telling you. By the time his career is over, Rose will have multiple MVP trophies and probably a couple rings. Just wait and see. He's only 22 years old. And he is already the best.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 7:58 pm

Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose


I don't think the article is about D. Rose being as good as or better than Bryant, it's about the Kobe's, the Duncan's and the Nash's passing the torch to the next generation of great players.  I agree that D. Rose won't come close to Bryant, but he has definitely shown that he can be one of the best players in the league along with Durant, Griffin, Wall, and a few others.  Kobe's just not going to hand over the so called "torch" just yet. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 7:32 pm

Kobe's not passing (anything) to Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is no Kobe Bryant and never will be get that straight right now. He is beleaving the hype that is written about him and has not shown any body he will ever be that good.

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