James Harden Names Kobe Bryant As His GOAT


Los Angeles Clippers star James Harden recently shared his personal perspective on the GOAT debate, and his choice might surprise some fans.

While many believe the discussion primarily revolves around Michael Jordan and LeBron James, Harden bestowed the honor upon another legendary player: Kobe Bryant.

In an interview with Cyro Asseo de Choch of HoopsHype, Harden explained his reasoning.


“There was only one person who made me love, I mean fall in love with the game, and that’s Kobe Bryant,” Harden said. “Being from LA and being a Lakers fan, watching him grow up and win several championships, his passion, love, and what he did for the game of basketball—I think the world feels the same way. But that’s why I started playing basketball. The skill set and things that I’ve learned, I kind of picked up on my own, but as far as falling in love with the game, it’s definitely been Kobe.”


Harden’s fondness for Bryant grew throughout their seven-year battle as rivals on an NBA level. Bryant’s impact extended beyond the court, inspiring countless players and fans worldwide. His relentless work ethic, competitive spirit, and iconic moments left an indelible mark on the game.

While the GOAT debate remains subjective, Harden’s heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant highlights the profound influence the Black Mamba had on the basketball world. Whether you agree or not, there’s no denying that Bryant’s legacy continues to resonate with players like Harden.

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