Jamie Foxx & Jalen Rose Says Kobe is The Worst of These 6 Players (Video)


On Wednesday night, ESPN’s NBA Countdown had actor Jamie Foxx as a guest and a question about who the worst player out of a list of six was brought up.

That scenario featured six NBA players—Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal—and the line, “Name the worst player in this picture.”

Chauncey Billups answered Shaq, Jalen Rose and Jamie Foxx said Kobe, and Tracy McGrady said LeBron James. As you might have guessed, Lakers fans went off on Foxx and Jalen Rose, especially since Kobe famously dropped 81 points on Jalen when he played for the Raptors.

Jamie Foxx did go on to clarify why he chose Kobe:

The only reason I’m saying it is because, if we’re trying to build a team, I think the team aspect of the players is a little different than the Kobe Bryant of…

I’ll say this. Let me explain this. I think when Michael Jordan played so well, there was something that happened with every kid that came behind Michael Jordan that it had to be themselves because Michael Jordan made this big thing. So every agent, every manager was like, ‘Yo, you have to be Michael Jordan.’ Which wasn’t necessarily, to the naked eye, the team sport. So if I’m building a team, the guys other than Kobe Bryant are more team-oriented players.

If it’s another type of, like, we’re trying to win MVPs, then Kobe Bryant is definitely a person that you would not kick off the list. You would take Tim Duncan off the list, because Tim Duncan is a quiet assassin who was always, sort of, never got out of college if you think about it. [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] sort of runs a college—think about what I’m saying—he ran a college program when you look at Pop. So it was more about quiet.

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