Kobe did a great Q&A with Steve Palmer over at ESPN. Palmer asked Kobe about playing other guys one on one and here are some of the answers Kobe gave.
1 on 1 vs Jordan: “I’m not sure, but he would win some and I would win some in a seven-game series. It would probably come down to the last few shots.”
vs LeBron: “LeBron is a terrific all-around, five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I’d get him… LeBron is a terrific all-around, five-on-five basketball player who’s an all-time great. But I’d get him.”
vs T-Mac: “I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.”
Who would give him the most trouble? “Kevin Durant is the guy that would give me the most trouble. With his length and ability to use the dribble, he’d be tough.”