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Chris Bosh: Kobe Bryant ‘the greatest player of my generation’

For Chris Bosh, the first word that comes to mind when you mention the name Kobe is "greatness." Bosh reflects on the player he dubs as the greatest of his generation and recalls playing against him in his 81-point game.

Dwyane Wade called Kobe Bryant the “greatest player of our era.”

Wade’s Heat teammate, Chris Bosh, paid similar deference to Kobe.

Bosh on Kobe, via The Dan Patrick Show:

He’s the greatest player of my generation. He was that guy after Mike that really just won, and he was about winning championships. And he really did it a young age. When they three-peated, he was 21, 22 years old. It was just amazing to see him climb up so high, so fast. They did have their struggles, but he was still a great player – one of the greatest I’ve ever seen, of course.

I still disagree.

Tim Duncan – better than Kobe. LeBron James – better than Kobe.

That’s not to denigrate Kobe, who’s an all-time great. He falls behind only a couple players in the pecking order.

Just because he’s retiring doesn’t mean we must whitewash his flaws (inefficient shooting, selfishness, steep decline). His accomplishments are impressive enough when assessed fairly.