Kobe: 'Real competitors' wouldn't be jealous of Warriors

by
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Kobe Bryant sees no issues with Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors.

Unlike LeBron James, Bryant didn't go as far as to say the decision is good for the league, but the Black Mamba did tell "The Jim Rome Show" that he was happy for Durant.

"I was happy for him. This is something that he wants to do man, he's happy with his decision," Bryant said.

Durant has been widely criticized for joining a 73-win core. The argument goes that Durant stacked the deck and violated the spirit of competition by teaming up with his opponents.

To Bryant, the Warriors present a new challenge to the league.

"As a competitor, I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, 'That's unfair.' If you're a real competitor, you say, 'OK, lace 'em up, let's go. I don't care how many players you have over there, we'll still take you down.'"

Just imagine what a triumph it'd be to topple a team with four All-NBA players in their prime.