Fred VanVleet calls Kobe Bryant the greatest player of all time

Fred VanVleet calls Kobe Bryant the greatest player of all time

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Fred VanVleet calls Kobe Bryant the greatest player of all time

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Ball Don’t Stop: Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet had some major praise for the late Kobe Bryant, calling the Los Angeles Lakers legend the greatest basketball player of all time.
Source: Peter Dewey @ Lakers Daily

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Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Achiuwa opens the 2nd half in place of VanVleet, who only logged 10 minutes on Sunday as it appears the Raps are managing his preseason usage. The other 4 starters are out there. – 8:56 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Raptors started back in to start 3Q, less FVV who is replaced by Achiuwa. – 8:54 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
As expected, VanVleet’s night is done. Other starters will get a few third quarter minutes – 8:54 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
There are a whole lot of players in the NBA who would be significantly better in an instant if they had @Fred VanVleet‘s toughness and competitive edge. – 8:20 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Preseason tech for VanVleet after his layup. – 8:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight for preseason Game 2:
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Derrick White
Marcus Smart
Raptors starters:
Pascal Siakam
OG Anunoby
Scottie Barnes
Gary Trent Jr.
Fred VanVleet – 7:37 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Raptors at Celtics – Oct. 5, 2022 – Starters
Boston – Smart, White, Brown, Tatum, Horford
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr, OG Aunonby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam
OUT: Boston: Kornet, Gallinari, R Williams Toronto: Flynn, Champagne, Porter Jr.
@985thesportshub PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
VanVleet, Siakam, Barnes, Anunoby and Trent start vs. Boston. Out are: Porter Jr. (hamstring); Flynn (cheek bone); Champagnie (hip strain). – 7:23 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
And for something completely (not) different, it’ll be VanVleet, Trent, Anunoby, Barnes and Siakam to start
Can’t imagine any of them will play more than the 15-17 minutes of Game 1 (9 for Fred as they gave him three quarters off to calm The Minutes Police) – 6:41 PM
Shaq remembers finding out the Lakers drafted Kobe.
“He was loved from day one.”
Catch more of Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers on ESPN tonight at 8:30 PM ET (via @hulu) PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Anyone basking in the wake of glorious Raptors victory Sunday, heed the words of the sage Fred VanVleet about what they learned from the game:
“Nothing. Nothing. Listen, it was a good practice, guys flying around. I’m not going to try and grade by any stretch.” – 11:01 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Happy birthday to my oldest son, John, who turned 24 today and has just finished a Monday of teaching English to Japanese high school students in Kobe, Japan. 🇯🇵 They are all still wearing masks over there, SMH. – 8:16 AM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Fred VanVleet on the fans: “Looked up in the rafters, it felt like people were hanging from the ceiling.” – 9:09 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
1 week of camp…
1 scrimmage…
1 pre season game…
Quick thoughts:
– Precious & Banton looked good in Victoria
– FVV has trimmed & Scottie looks bigger
– Raps athleticism & bounce is off the charts
– Flynn’s a gamer
– Depth is better than last year; versatility even stronger – 8:48 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors by 12, the day is over for the Toronto starters (it was over at halftime for VanVleet, SIakam and Anunoby) and settle back in to “middle of the roster madness” for 19 minutes or so – 7:34 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Point guard-less lineup to start the 2nd quarter, with VanVleet getting a rest. Siakam and/or Barnes will run the show, with Anunoby-Boucher-Achiuwa out there as well. – 6:40 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
A very preseason-y start for the Raptors, who had 9 first-quarter turnovers and are shooting 3-for-11 from 3. Some good stuff defensively though, particularly from Barnes and VanVleet. Tied at 22 after 1Q. – 6:37 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Fred VanVleet-Collin Sexton is a thing to watch, has been for a couple of years – 6:28 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
FVV defense in mid-season form. – 6:28 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Nurse sticking with his rotation from late last season: FVV-Trent-Barnes-OG-Siakam start, Achiuwa-Boucher-Thad the first off the bench. – 6:27 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
First time VanVleet, Trent, Barnes, Anunoby and Siakam have started a game together since Game 1 of the Sixers series back on April 16. – 6:11 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
No Otto Porter, no Justin Champagnie for Toronto and the usual suspects — VanVleet, Trent, Barnes, Anunoby, Siakam — will start. Expect them to watch the second half
This place, as the young ‘uns say, is lit
(If they still say that) – 6:05 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Jazz going big with starting lineup tonight
Mike Conley
Malik Beasley
Lauri Markkanen
Jarred Vanderbilt
Kelly Olynyk
Raptors starting
Fred VanVleet
Gary Trent
OG Anunoby
Scottie Barnes
Pascal Siakam – 5:49 PM

More on this storyline

Let’s talk about you dropping 38 at the Garden on Kobe. I remember watching it, as an Asian guy and a Knicks fan, and being blown away by what I was seeing. I never thought I’d see an Asian dude cooking Kobe Bryant at Madison Square Garden. And Kobe talked some shit about you before the game, which seemed to kick you into another gear. Jeremy Lin: Yeah, for sure. That’s a great way to describe it. I was already in the zone and had three good games, and I grew up being a Warriors fan in the Bay Area, so we did not like the Lakers and did not like Kobe. And then he extra-gassed me by what he’d said before the game. I felt slighted and disrespected, and all those things put me in a place of, I’m going for it tonight. It was just, if I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m firing it up at the rim. If it doesn’t go in then it doesn’t go in, but it won’t be because I’m not gonna shoot it. -via The Daily Beast / October 5, 2022
“These young kids, their careers are shortening,” Iguodala said. “And it’s a reason — because they’re trying to chew too much off of it before it should be occurring. It’s like an evolution. I had a really good conversation with one of the execs in the league and he says we’ve got to raise the bottom of our league because we’re having too high of a turnover. … It took Kobe Bryant some years to really become Kobe Bryant. … We aren’t letting these kids fail. They’re failing and we’re just criticizing them. We’re writing them off, and then they don’t have an opportunity. We’ve got guys out the league at 21, 22, which is crazy. Right? So I think it’s just letting them develop. Let them go through actual hardships. Let them go through a rookie wall. … We’ve all got to go through it. It’s just a part of the maturation process for our young guys.” -via The Athletic / October 4, 2022
Kristaps Porzingis was dubbed the ‘Unicorn’ by Durant early in his career because he was especially unique, but now there are a few players with the same pedigree following in his footsteps. “Dirk Nowitzki was a superstar and of course he made the style of play much more acceptable by what he was doing and for everyone else after him. I grew up watching him, I grew up watching Pau Gasol and Kobe [Bryant],” Porzingis told NBC Sports Washington. “No matter what my height was, I kind of wanted to play like that and take things from their games. Hopefully, I can do the same for the next generation coming up.” -via NBC Sports / October 3, 2022
Barnes has the two necessary traits that make for a future star: an undeniable charisma and the work ethic to get better. He also has something, that fair or not, most second-year players on established winning teams do not — the burden of having his individual trajectory inextricably tied up with the ceiling of his squad. “He’s just got to keep getting better. He’s young. It’s rough. It’s early. It will happen,” teammate Fred VanVleet said. “It sucks for the fans and it will suck for you guys because nobody knows when it’s going to happen. But we all see the star power. We see the potential. It’ll happen at some point.” -via The Athletic / October 4, 2022
VanVleet is hoping he’s able to say the same thing once he reaches the latter stages of his playing career. “It’s a 12-month season now, year ‘round,” said a noticeably slimmer VanVleet, about to begin his seventh NBA campaign. “Hopefully I can stay on this regimen the rest of my career. “There’s always gonna be new changes and things you have to adjust and adapt to as you try to grow. I’ve had a hell of a run so far, so to continue to try to keep growing is going to be challenging every year but I’m up for it.” -via TSN / September 28, 2022
Michael Grange: I asked VanVleet if his off-season training adjustments included switching to a plant-based diet as has become more common for elite athletes: “No. Not quite. If I can get a percentage of a plant-based company I might.” -via Twitter @michaelgrange / September 28, 2022

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