The greatest of all compliments comes from Alvin Gentry. Good to see Kobe getting the respect he deserves.
AZ Central: How much respect does Suns coach Alvin Gentry have for Lakers star Kobe Bryant?
At his team’s morning shootaround, Gentry said that if Friday night’s game at US Airways Center came down to a final possession for the Lakers, Bryant would have to shoot “over three guys.”
But by about an hour before tipoff, Gentry had upgraded, saying Bryant “will have to make a shot over four guys.”
“He’s the best closer in the history of the game if you ask me,” Gentry said. “Yeah, that is including Michael Jordan. I just think what he’s done this year, to have six game-winning shots that come on the last possession of the game, I don’t know if anybody has ever done that.
“If that’s the case, we have to try to make somebody else be that closer. That’s not to say that he’ll give it up. I’ve seen him make it over three guys, too. But as far as we’re concerned, we have to try to get the ball out of his hands some kind of way.”
Gentry noted that Bryant was on the floor at 4:45 p.m. putting up shots – and it turned out he actually had gotten out there about a half-hour earlier.
“I tell our guys, ‘You want to be great?’ That’s how you become great,” Gentry said.