Only the hyper-competitive nature of Kobe Bryant would compel him to rain on Tim Duncan's parade within days of Duncan winning his fifth championship ring.
Duncan's recent ring now means that both him and Bryant have won an equal amount of NBA titles during their illustrious careers. And Bryant will be damned if he watches Duncan earn No. 6 before he does.
“If you ask me if I’m okay with Tim [winning his sixth championship], I’m not,” Bryant told ESPN while on location for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (via InsideSoCal.com’s Mark Medina). “I’m not okay with that.”
Classic Bryant for you. There is arguably no greater competitor in sports.
It's unclear whether the comments were made partly in jest or whether Bryant was being completely serious. But knowing what we know about Bryant's track record we have to believe there is at least some gamesmanship going on here.
Via Bleacher Report