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Kevin Love on why he puts Kobe Bryant ahead of LeBron James: "I mean there's a buzz in the city that Kobe is there!"

Kevin Love considers Kobe Bryant ahead of LeBron James when it comes to attracting fans to watch the games.
Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant

Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant

Kevin Love is close to former teammate LeBron James. He even invited The King to his wedding, but when it comes to captivating the fans in the arena, there's only one Kobe Bryant.

I mean, there's a buzz in the city that Kobe is there

Kevin Love guested on the Gary Vee show and was asked who's the player who brings out the fans no matter the schedule of the game. The Cleveland Cavalier forward answered Kobe Bryant and provided context why he's putting him ahead of LeBron James.

"Kobe, 100% Kobe. This is no disrespect to Bron because he brings them out too and there's that energy in the gym and you get everybody's best game. But when I first got into the league, it didn't matter if it was a soft Tuesday in Minnesota, Kobe's bringing 'em out. I mean there's a buzz in the city that Kobe is there... it's a home game for them."

Kevin Love, Gary Vee Show

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It's a big compliment from an ex-teammate and close friend of LeBron. What made Kobe close to fans was his mindset during games. He wasn't just coasting during non-bearing regular season games. The Black Mamba would bring the same mindset every game, no matter who the opponent was.

Kobe on load management

Superstars today tend to choose which games to play with the blessing of the front office. This controversial but logical move is called load management. Teams are trying to preserve their star players in time for more crucial games such as the playoffs. For Kobe, load management was a no-no.

"You've got a lot of people paying their hard-earned money to watch you perform. It's your job to be in shape. It's your job to perform at that level every single night. And as a competitor, I'm not duckin' shit."

Fans trooped arenas to watch Bryant destroy their team. They knew he would be there and giving it all no matter what. Bryant was willing to lay it all on the line every game, something superstars today would reluctantly do.

The story of load management is a sensitive topic among teams and the NBA. The league wants all the best players available for the fans in the playoffs. But what makes Kobe different is how he thumbed down, resting if he could play. For him, the team and the fans were above himself, even if that meant sacrificing his health. Kobe was a man of the people, and it showed on a nightly basis, and it's one of the best memories for the fans and fellow players like Kevin Love.

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