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Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players ever, and probably the best 1 v 1 player other than Jordan, but this 20 year old trash talked Kobe and challenged him to a 1 v 1 and his name was Kyrie Irving.
Kobe Bryant is one of the toughest competitors ever and has trash talked many players, but one 20 year old trash talked Kobe in his prime and this happened.
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Kobe has never lost a 1 v 1 in his life according to him, but in the summer of 2012, fresh off averaging 28 points per game. Still, a 20 year old Kyrie went up to Kobe and challenged him. Y’all been smashing the like button and getting to 1000 likes so thank you and if we get to 1000 likes on this video, I’ll release a new video within the next two days!
In the summer of 2012, Kyrie Irving had just come off of a rookie campaign, and had been the rookie of the year. An olympic Summer Camp was being held which brought some of the best basketball talent together. Kyrie felt like he was on top of the world and Kobe who was 34 might have seemed old, but had finished 4th in mvp voting the previous season. After a long practice in which Kyrie crossed over the entire team like he was playing 2K, Kyrie went up to Kobe and challenged him to play a 1 v 1 for $50,000 to a charity. Kobe at first was confused and completely wrote Kyrie off. He even said Kyrie’s dad would call Kyrie crazy for challenging Kobe to a 1 v 1. After all Kyrie was just 20, not even able to legally walk into the bar. He might have even thought the world was round. Kyrie persisted saying that 50 grand is nothing for a boss like Kobe. And then he said this. Wow Kyrie, wow. Kyrie told Kobe, a 9 time first team all defensive player, a 5 time champion, that he couldn’t guard him, that Kobe could not lock him up. A 20 year old just trash talked Kobe.
Of course, Kobe trash talked back simply disregarding Kyrie. Kyrie made it clear that he wasn’t some high school kid and eventually Kobe agreed. Kobe did say this though. Kobe said that the Cavs talked themselves in 50, meaning Kobe would drop 50 on them. Kobe mentioned that if Kyrie was switched on to him in the game, they would have to call doubles. Kobe even told Kyrie that he would need a pick to get him off. And then he proceeded to say,
Kyrie told Kobe, I ain’t Bow Wow referencing a guy Kobe had beat in 1 v 1, because Bow Wow was 5’ 7”. The stage was set.
The 1 v 1 was set to be next summer after the NBA season, but that was too far away. Kobe had to show this young blood why you don’t come for the top like that. And so the first game between the Lakers and Cavs on December 11, 2012, Kobe would say that Kyrie was either confident or crazy for challenging him to a 1 v 1. Kyrie would put a little extra on that night scoring 28 points and 11 assists, but he never scored on Kobe. Kobe on the other hand, scored 42 points including multiple fadeaways over Kyrie. In fact, whenever Kyrie was switched on to him, Kobe always scored, as to show him that there’s no way you can stop me, even with the double teams coming. And then he did this. Kyrie had said over and over again that Kobe couldn’t guard him yet here this is, Kobe swatting that ball back to kingda ka. Kyrie went at Kobe, well at least he tried and he got owned. Kobe showed Kyrie that Kyrie was just not ready yet. Yes, Kobe at the age of 34 was able to lockdown Kyrie and of course we talking about Kobe, the alpha dog.
This play was sort of like Allen Iverson taking on Michael Jordan, except that worked and this didn’t. The Lakers did end up losing the game during their horrible 2012 season with Dwight Howard, but Kobe proved a point. Unfortunately we never got that 1 v 1 because Kobe would rupture his achilles tendon and would never be the same player again. But just think about this, Kobe at the age of 34 was still capable of so much and Kyrie Irving was not the player he would become now. I wonder though, if you would take Kobe in his prime vs Kyrie now on a 1 v 1, who would win? I say Kobe but what do you think? Who would win? Is Kobe the best trash talker ever? Let me know in the comments down below.
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