Tony Parker is no stranger to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, having played against them at the highest level imaginable, including a sweep in the 2007 NBA Finals over James’ Cavaliers. (Parker was named MVP in case you forgot.)
James has claimed Bryant’s metaphorical throne after his dominating playoff performance last season. Not only did he average 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and a 30.3 PER but he also brandished, finally, his ethereal ability into a truly indomitable force.
And yet, Parker still believes in Bryant’s “killer instinct.” He even went as far to say that Bryant, despite shooting at his worst percentage since the 1997-98 season, remains the best player in the NBA (via Basket Session).
“I’m a big fan of his game, for me (he) is the best player in the NBA,” Parker said. “He has done so many things against us in the playoffs … because he has the ‘killer instinct’, he’ll bring the hot shots, and that’s what makes the difference between him and LeBron. LeBron is very strong but Kobe is the best …”
Parker is entitled to his opinion but he may want to keep his thoughts to himself prior to, you know, playing Team USA on Sunday. You won’t like LeBron when he’s angry.