Kobe Bryant, rightfully being mentioned among the greatest NBA players in history, had those who adore him, and those who… let’s say, wouldn’t want to play with him. Like Scot Pollard, former NBA player.
Pollard, who did an interview on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney, said that he never really cared for Bryant as a player.
“I didn’t like the way he carried himself, but I absolutely respect the way he played the game. If I was a GM, I absolutely want him on my team. I got to find the right guys that can play with him, but there’s very few players you’d want in front of him in the history of the NBA having the ball in the fourth quarter with the game on the line,” said Pollard.
With that said, Pollard added he wouldn’t want to have Bryant as his teammate.
“I wouldn’t want to play with him. I think he made the team about him as opposed to making the team about winning,” Pollard said.
“I don’t think (Bryant) carries his team like Jordan carried his team and made everybody on his team better,” Pollard said. “Kobe didn’t have that effect on his teammates. Kobe needed Batman to his Superman. He needed another superhero to help him win. That’s the part about him that I don’t respect,” Pollard said.
At the same time, Pollard thinks Bryant does deserve to go out as a true NBA superstar.
“I absolutely adore the fanfare he’s getting right now. Every city that he’s going to for the last time, pretty much he’s getting the key to the city. I respect that. I love that for the NBA – because that’s the way it should be. If we had known Jordan’s last season for sure, that’s the way it should be for these guys. If you knew it was Shaquille O’Neal’s last game for sure and when the time comes for LeBron, absolutely, there should be a swan song in every single city that he plays in for the last time because of the mark that he’s made in the NBA,” Pollard said.
“So I absolutely respect his game. I just didn’t want to be teammates with him,” Pollard concluded.
Originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons, Pollard spent 11 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavs and Boston Celtics.
A strong defender and rebounder, Pollard’s career highight was in Sacramento, where he established himself as a solid back-up for Vlade Divac and Chris Webber.
Pollard appeared in total of 506 NBA games (started 99), holding career averages of 4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg in 16.5 mpg.
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