Kobe was then asked about Deron Williams, and whether he sees any parallels between what Williams is going through right now, in terms of being an elite player without enough talent around him to win a title, and what Kobe had to deal with a couple years back. Obviously, it's all relative, but is there a kernel of similarity?
"Deron's not even close to that situation. He's got a little bit of a better cast than I did. It's not dire straits for him. If you're asking me if I feel bad for him? Absolutely not. No way. He's fine. If he just continues to play, they have some talented players over there, they have a great coach. They'll be fine."
Okay, so it's not exactly identical..."It's not even close. They don't even have Smush Parker on (that) team. It's not even close."