In the mind of Kobe Bean Bryant, no team was unbeatable, no player was unstoppable.
He played with this mentality whether he was facing Michael Jordan’s Bulls or the 73-9 Warriors.
So when Kobe heard about Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, never did he think the move was unfair for the rest of the NBA.
As a matter of fact, Kobe said “a real competitor” would welcome the challenge of Durant joining the Warriors.
From the Jim Rome Show (6:10 in the clip above) earlier this week:
“As a competitor, you have to look at that and say, ‘OK, how can I figure out a way to take apart that team?’ And so, now the challenge becomes: How do I find cracks within their system, within their personnel, how can I take them down.
“As a competitor, I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, That’s unfair [laughs]. If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ‘em up. Let’s go.’ I don’t care how many players you have other there, we’re still going to take you down.”
No doubt this is how most of the NBA will be viewing the Warriors next season. With KD in the fold, the Warriors will be playing with a figurative “X” on their back.