Lakers News: Players react to ESPN ranking Kobe Bryant as 25th best in NBA

kobe-bryant-kevin-durant-6-11-me

Kobe Bryant has yet to react to ESPN ranking him as the 25th best player in the NBA, yet Bryant’s peers and fans have already more than made up for the Black Mamba’s silence.

After ESPN released the ranking, a flurry of NBA players loaded up the Twitter app on their phone and expressed their disgust.

Reggie Evans of the Brooklyn Nets seems to think that ESPN are way off the mark by placing Kobe at 25:

[tweet https://twitter.com/ReggieEvans30/status/390503548892741632]

Quincy Miller of the Denver Nuggets and Brandon Rush from the Utah Jazz both felt Bryant was disrespected by the news outlet:
[tweet https://twitter.com/qmillertime/status/390499900246740992]
[tweet https://twitter.com/BRush_25/status/390501325043019776]

Brandon Jennings, who signed with the Detroit Pistons during the off-season, found it amusing that the NBA’s official Twitter account was questioning ESPN’s ranking:
[tweet https://twitter.com/BrandonJennings/status/390512340808257536]

Jamal Crawford from the Los Angeles Clippers called the ranking a “joke”:
[tweet https://twitter.com/JCrossover/status/390539044813570048]

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant thinks that analysts shouldn’t be allowed to rank players if they’ve never played the game:
[tweet https://twitter.com/KDTrey5/status/390566471795236864]

Stephon Marbury, who now plays in China, called Kobe the “best basketball player in the NBA” during the off-season and obviously disagreed with ESPN’s ranking, too:
[tweet https://twitter.com/StarburyMarbury/status/390733257211666432]

Lastly, one of Kobe’s current teammates chimed in on the news.

Xavier Henry, who is currently competing for a roster spot on the Los Angeles Lakers, called ESPN’s ranking “crazy”:

[tweet https://twitter.com/xhenry7/status/390821777737527298]

And now, how about a reply from Kobe himself? He may send out a tweet to acknowledge the ranking – as he did when ESPN predicted that his Lakers would finish 12th in the West this season – or he may just decide to reply the way he knows best: by going out there and killing it on the basketball court.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering