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Tracy McGrady says Kobe Bryant is the most gifted basketball player he’s ever seen, even against Michael Jordan: “It’s because of his mentality. He was just a certified killer.”

When it comes to NBA basketball, Michael Jordan is king. His reign in the 90s cemented him as the greatest player of all time, and even decades later people are talking about his skill, talent and dominance.

But according to basketball legend Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant is better in many ways. In fact, during an appearance on First Take, McGrady admitted that Bryant was the most talented basketball player he had ever seen.

“Kobe Bean Bryant. He’s the best one-on-one player I’ve ever faced, and not just because of his skill. It’s because of his mentality. He was just a certified killer “McGrady said. “I see MJ & Kobe, but Kobe improved those skills that he took from Michael Jordan. Ball handling skills. Crossfades. I think Kobe is the most talented basketball player I’ve ever seen against Michael Jordan.”

Kobe was the face of the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years and retired as one of the best ever. Besides his tenacious and highly competitive mentality, he was nearly impossible to keep down and somehow held his own defensively as well.

In January, McGrady opened up about how Kobe gave him the confidence to succeed at the top level.

“I think competing against Kobe in that era and holding mine because Kobe was in his 5th year, and he was that guy. It’s that number 8 with the fro. He’s the bar, and if I’m competing against him every night I belong there, that’s what it is. It’s just staying focused, making sacrifices and understanding that these people were really counting on me.”

Kobe was an 18x All-Star, 2x scoring champion, 15x All-NBA player and 5x champion, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

While his place in the history books is still widely debated, no one can call Bryant’s career a failure. Apart from his natural talent and skill, it was his mentality and approach to the game itself that made him truly special.

He outplayed everyone on the pitch, and it showed every time he faced the greats.