When talking about the best players to ever play in the NBA, some player names are constant. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are present in almost everyone’s list.
While most of the players are remembered for their achievements, Kobe is remembered mainly because of his influence. In spite of winning everything on the basketball court, Bryant’s impact outside the court will be his greatest achievement.
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 04: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwayne Wade #3 of the Miami Heat share a laugh in the fourth quarter at Staples Center on December 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Heat 108-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
He was a role model all around the world. Dwyane Wade’s recent words give us an idea of how influential Kobe was. The Miami Heat legend recently talked about how Kobe’s retirement influenced him to do the same.
How Kobe influenced Dwyane Wade
While most of the fans are aware of the impact Kobe had on his players, lots of NBA players playing alongside him also took inspiration from the Mamba. Whether it is Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, or DeMar DeRozan, they have all admitted to being influenced by Bryant.
In a recent interview with Jay Shetty, Dwyane Wade revealed how Kobe’s decision to retire pushed him to do the same. Wade mentions, “The basketball side of it is watching someone who has a god-gifted ability. Like god blessed Kobe Bryant with so much ability, but to be able to watch him work that ability, I mean that’s inspiring.”
He adds, “But for me, watching Kobe Bryant retire was probably the most impactful part of the whole journey. He was a leader. Like I retired after him and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna follow Kobe.”
Wade’s words give us an idea of how influential Kobe was. Whether it was his gameplay or retirement, the Mamba made sure he sets an impact wherever he goes.
Wade talks about Kobe Bryant
If it isn’t evident enough, Dwyane Wade has a lot of respect for Kobe. During their playing days, Wade went on to praise Kobe. He said, “The Kobe Bryants aren’t around no more. There are good young players, but there will never be another Kobe.”
BOSTON, MA – APRIL 1: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat controls the ball against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on April 1, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) (Photo by Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade vs Bryant head-to-head
The two legends have faced each other 20 times during their career. All of them have been played in the regular season with Wade having the edge over Bryant.
He has 11 wins over Kobe Bryant in the 20 matches between them. When the stats come into play, Bryant dominates Wade. Bryant averages 26.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. On the other hand, Dwyane Wade averages 24.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. (Source: landofbasketball.com)
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