Chris Bosh went to 4 Finals and won 2 championships with LeBron James, but he recognizes the clutch gene Kobe Bryant always displayed.
There have been many all-time greats who have suited up for the purple and gold. However, there are two legends who have absolutely revolutionised how the game of basketball is played –Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
These two superstars have had a massive impact on modern basketball. With their impressive game style, dedication, love for the game and competitive spirit, they prove to everyone why have they been compared to Michael Jordan for the GOAT debate.
Despite playing against each other for nearly 13 years, Kobe and Bron shared a special bond. Their relationship only grew more when the two stars teamed up for the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Chris Bosh chooses Kobe Bryant over LeBron James to take the final shot
The USA team for the 2012 Olympic Games was stacked with talent. Some of the league’s great – Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and many more superstars, were led by the duo of Kobe and LBJ. However, with so many star players on the team, only one could take the final shot for the team. The main question arose – who would take the final shot?
Miami Heat legend Chris Bosh disclosed his pick for the same. Like most of the others on the glorious team USA, Bosh too, revealed that he’d rather have the ball in the Black Mamba’s hands. The 2-time NBA champ explained:
“Give it to Kobe and get out of the way. That’s just my philosophy, I never wanted to make the game more complicated than it needs to be. In that situation, I feel like that’s what Kobe does.”
Kobe has a reputation of being one of the most clutch players of all time. Rightfully, he deserves to have the ball to take the final shot. Over the course of his 20-year career, the Mamba knocked down a grand total of 24 game-winning shots, including 8 buzzer-beaters.
Not taking any credits from Bron. He too is a great player when the game reaches the last minutes. James has a reputation too, of being clutch as the record for the most buzzer-beaters in the playoffs is held by him.
At the end of the day, the Mamba and the King are two are the greatest players of all time. Giving the ball to either would be beneficial to any team. What matters at that night would be – which player has the hotter hand at the moment.