The documentary of The Last Dance he’s making discussions with the majority of players of all time. On the ESPN program Countdount, two players who suffered when they shared their wardrobe at Boston Celtics spoke of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins.
On the one hand, Pierce believes that at the end of the games, if you had to give the ball to someone, you had to give it to Kobe Bryant. For his part, Perkins believes that it was much easier to beat the Black Mamba than to beat him. Lebron James.
Paul Pierce: “If a game is on the line and I need one game, I want Kob.”
Kendrick Perkins: “It was a lot easier to win against Kobe Bryant than it was LeBron James.”
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Perkins talks about the 2008 playoffs, the last Celtics title. The Celtics needed 7 games to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers from LeBron James after an intense series with one last beastly clash.
In the NBA Finals, rivals were the Los Angeles Lakers of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, who offered slightly less resistance (4-2). Hence, Perkins, who also later became LeBron’s teammate in the Cavs, talks about both players like this.
At this point in the film, everyone knows that Perkins is a colleague of LeBron (he recently said that he considers him the GOAT ahead of Michael Jordan).
There is no doubt that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are two of the best players in history. The pity is that they never met in a Finals.