In a recent interview with Slam Magazine, 5x NBA All-Defensive Team member Bruce Bowen discussed who he enjoyed battling the most on the defensive end. He revealed that at times Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady were top competitors, but believed they lacked the desire of Kobe Bryant.
The “Who is better, Biggie, Jay-Z, or Nas” discussions are popular in hip-hop culture, and equivalent to “Kobe, Vince, or T-Mac” in the post Michael Jordan era of basketball.
Many have deemed the San Antonio Spurs as the class of the NBA. If this is true, then one must take seriously the words and opinions of their defensive stalwart.
Championships, wins, personal accolades, and statistics are most often used to determine separation between players. But what could be more credible than a report from the players themselves?
Maybe it’s his 1-3 playoff record against him, but Bruce Bowen obviously believes the desire of Kobe Bryant is something that separates him from his contemporaries.
“Tracy might have been one of the most talented but he’d settle. He wouldn’t necessarily bring it the whole time. Vince, if he was more competitive, if he had the desire of Kobe, he could have been one of the all-time greats. But…he settled to a point where you accomplish a few things and that’s that. – Bruce Bowen