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Kobe Byrant names his All-Time Starting Five

Published on June 20th, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 4,570 views

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There’s been a few interesting All-Time Top Fives in recent weeks.  Last week, Jason Kidd picked his fantasy squad and selected John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Tim Duncan and Shaq.  No real shocker in that list although some controversy was made about the exclusion of Kobe and LeBron since his list was made of players he played against.

A week before that Karl Malone did stir up some controversy when he named his starting five on the Dan Patrick Show and excluded nemesis Michael Jordan from his list.  Once the public got a hold of the story, Malone took to Twitter and some other interviews to say he was just joking with Dan Patrick and that MJ is on the list that included John Stockton, Oscar Robertson, Pippen, Wilt and LeBron James.

The most shocking exclusion on both of the lists for many was Laker great Magic Johnson.  Well, the best Laker guard since Magic, Kobe Bryant, was asked on ESPN Radio LA about his all-time NBA starting five he went the legend route and said “It’s not very difficult for me. I go, Magic [Johnson], [Larry] Bird, [Michael] Jordan, [Bill] Russell and [Kareem Abdul] Jabbar.”

Kobe also talked about the need to keep Dwight Howard in LA and that he hopes to play by “November or December.”

You can list to the full interview at ESPN LA

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar with Kobe and Vanessa Bryant and their kids

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