Devin Booker: ‘I Should Never Be Compared to Kobe Bryant’

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns has officially scored the most playoff points of any player in their first appearance. He was a crucial piece to the Suns making a trip to the NBA Finals and having one of the best records all season. 

Throughout this absolutely incredible postseason, Booker had started to get extremely high praise from fans and media, drawing comparisons to his idol and mentor, Kobe Bryant. He has a tattoo that says ‘Be Legendary’, which is in remembrance of Bryant and what he wrote on Booker’s shoes in 2016. 

ESPN’s Richard Jefferson recently asked Booker what he thought of these comparisons to the late Bryant. 

“I know it’s something everyone has going on right now,” said Booker. “I didn’t make that comparison myself. I just leave it to what he’s done for me as a mentor and the advice that he’s left me with. I try to take bits and pieces of his mentality and his approach, but I should never be compared to Kobe Bryant.”

Booker is one of the rising stars in the NBA at just 24 years old. While he’s still influenced by Bryant to this day, he doesn’t think he should be compared as a player to him.