Wade and Kobe have been playing against each other for more than a decade.
Has it really been 13 years of Dwyane Wade in the NBA, already? And is it really Kobe Bryant’s 20th year in the league? How has time flown so fast?
It feels like it passed right by Wade’s eyes without him noticing, too. Here’s what Wade had to say about Bryant before the Heat take on the Lakers on Tuesday, possibly Kobe’s final appearance in South Beach before he retires from the NBA.
“I do feel — and I've said this before the last couple of years with LeBron [James], when he became the best player in our game — that Kobe Bryant is the greatest player of our era,” Wade said. “The Kobe Bryants aren't around no more. There are good young players, but there will never be another Kobe. So every opportunity you get to [face him], you want to seize that moment.”
Wade is part of the generation that watched Kobe growing up. He was only 14 when Bryant was a rookie, so it’s not surprising that an eventual great shooting guard would respect another great one from his childhood to such a degree.
I wonder if Tim Duncan has thoughts on this, though. Nah … probably not. He’s Tim Duncan.