Daily News: As the self-proclaimed “Kobe Stopper,” Ruben Patterson made a startling claim about the origin of his nickname Wednesday.

“Shawn Kemp really started that,” he said.

But with the power of the Internet and the perpetuating of that title in the media, those words probably will always be linked to the new Clipper, whether it was self-proclaimed or Kemp-proclaimed.

“I’m sick of it now,” Patterson said of the nickname. “It’s worldwide. I hear it everywhere I travel. The first thing people say is `Kobe Stopper.’ They don’t say Ruben Patterson. They say `Kobe Stopper.’ But I tell everyone that me and Kobe are good friends now, and he actually tried to get me to the Lakers two years ago.”

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Patterson’s welcoming of challenges, such as defending Kobe Bryant, is a big reason why the Clippers signed him this offseason. With Elton Brand out with a torn Achilles tendon, the team figures the 6-foot-5 small forward could help fill the void.

Even though Patterson shies away from his nickname, he still says he can’t wait until the Clippers face Bryant and the Lakers.

“I just love to compete against him,” he said.

  • TheLAunit

    THAT Sh*t was a big joke. the kobe stopper he never stopped KOBE from doing anything. I’m glad he’s tired of people saying that cuz it wasn’t true. Ruben aint no hooper! That guy is a clown just like Bell…tell’em I said that!

  • Tim-4-Show

    Good point Ruben. From here on out, you will not be called the Kobe Stopper, besides like TheAunit said, you never stopped him from anything.

    I think a better nickname would be…

    The Nanny Raper.

  • two0one7

    ^Ha, ouch, low blow.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ykastro KINGKOBE24

    KOBE STOPPER LOL REMEMBER WHEN KOBE MADE THEM THREES ON HIS FACE THAT SH*T WUZ AMAZING..SORRY BUT THERS NO KOBE STOPPER OK WADE,ARENAS,JAMES OK

  • TheLAunit

    Kobe can put up fourty easy on the nba’s best every night if he wanted too.