Quantcast

Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant: “There Won’t Be Another Michael Or Kobe


 

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 8:   Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs his dad Joe Bryant after their win against the Utah Jazz in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the EnergySolutions Arena on May 8, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – MAY 8: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs his dad Joe Bryant after their win against the Utah Jazz in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the EnergySolutions Arena on May 8, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant had an opportunity to speak on his son’s decision to retire and how great a legacy he has sculpted. Peep his thoughts

Kobe retiring

Kobe Bryant‘s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, discussed his son’s decision to retire at the end of the season on the Brown and Scoop podcast on CBS Sports Radio’s Play.it network. In the conversation, he offered some praise for Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins while saying that there won’t be another Michael Jordan or Bryant:

“As a fan, just watching him play and putting up all those points and playing at such a high level at such a great organization like the Lakers. I think that’s probably one of the important things,” Papa Bryant said. “These kids come out of school and they worry about being a number one pick, number two pick, I think it’s more important that you get with the right organization and Kobe was able to do that and as you see, playing with one organization is really something special.”

“Michael was Michael. Michael was special. Kobe is Kobe. Kobe was special. You’re not going to find too many players with a similar body, similar height,” he said. “Kobe grew up watching Michael. Kobe had a chance to watch Chicago, Detroit, all those series that were so great.”

“I don’t see anyone else who compares to Michael or to Kobe. I think the kid in Minnesota has a chance to be special…Wiggins. You talk about the size frame and those kind of things. Wiggins has the chance to be special, because really I don’t see anyone else. I don’t think there will be another Kobe or another Michael.”

Kobe retiring3JoeBryant

Flip the page for a few more pics of Kobe