Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron

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Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#1 » by EvilSperm » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:21 pm

Carmelo Anthony is a greater personal defensive challenge for Kobe Bryant than LeBron James.

"For me, yeah," Bryant said in an interview with ESPN. "He's always been a player that I enjoyed guarding the most. He was the most difficult because of his size and his speed."

James is known for his powerful build, but Bryant cited the physicality Anthony brings.

"Melo does it all and he's as strong as a bull," Bryant said. "Going up against that bull, man, it's fun but it's extremely challenging."

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What do u guys have to say about that? I tend to agree somewhat but Lebron would be the hardest to defend in my opinion?
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#2 » by ManualRam » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:24 pm

tougher to guard individually? I agree. it's harder for a team to defend lebron though imo.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#3 » by mr cranky pants » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:27 pm

If it were a one on one game maybe, MAYBE, melo but its a team game and lebron would be the tougher guard
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Post#4 » by YFZblu » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:29 pm

ManualRam wrote:tougher to guard individually? I agree. it's harder for a team to defend lebron though imo.


This.

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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#5 » by GOODKIDmAAdCITY » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:30 pm

paul pierce has also stated this when asked about bron an melo. Guess cause bron doesnt really try to score like melo. hes more of a get my teamates going than I'll get mine.

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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#6 » by MSGLegendNY » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:34 pm

Rudy gay said the samething about melo recently on nbatv
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Post#7 » by USA » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:35 pm

Nothing new. Kobe says this virtually every time he has to face Melo. Every player has one certain opponent that gives them trouble to play against and for Kobe it it Melo.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#8 » by mrm5480 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:40 pm

Doesn't really account for just guarding one on one, but still interesting:

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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#9 » by Frank Mulely » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Melo has a big frame, he's really a PF on offense with a faceup game AND a post game.

I'd much rather gameplan against Melo than LeBron though. LeBron is just ridiculously good now.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#10 » by HotRocks34 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:49 pm

Two things about what Kobe said.

1. Kobe and Melo are very good friends, as opposed to Kobe and LeBron. So, Kobe is kind of 'putting over' Melo with what he's saying. Making Melo look good at the expense of LeBron. He's done this before as regards Melo and LeBron. I'm not saying Kobe isn't telling the truth, but it's still probably worth knowing the dynamic between the three players (or at least Kobe/Melo and Kobe/LeBron)

2. Carmelo is HUGE in the hips and has an extremely powerful 'base' or 'core' because of his hip and leg strength and size. This is why Carmelo can back down almost anyone, including LeBron, Rudy Gay, etc.

Carmelo is less athletic than LeBron, and less built than LeBron in the upper body, but his huge lower base makes it almost impossible for most SF (and probably many PF) to stop him from backing them down.

You combine that with his excellent outside shooting, and it is very difficult to guard Melo.
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Post#11 » by Edrees » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:50 pm

Lebron's performance everytime he faces the lakers says otherwise
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#12 » by ShowTimeERA » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:53 pm

What Kobe means is that Carmelo is a complete offensive player in which he feels is more difficult assignment...
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#13 » by shobe_24 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:56 pm

"personal defensive challenge"

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Post#14 » by Frank Dux » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:05 pm

ManualRam wrote:tougher to guard individually? I agree. it's harder for a team to defend lebron though imo.
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Post#15 » by MrBigShot » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:08 pm

ManualRam wrote:tougher to guard individually? I agree. it's harder for a team to defend lebron though imo.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#16 » by Mamba Venom » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:16 pm

Kobe is saying Melo will use his bull like strength to back Kobe down. It has to do with Melo score first mentality and his post moves.

LeBron is the better player and I'm sure Kobe would say that after the game.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#17 » by Illhavethelary » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:17 pm

As a 1on 1 scorer I totally agree. Melo is probably the best ISO scorer in the NBA now that Kobe is older. Obviously LeBron is a much better basketball player though.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#18 » by twinthunder3 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:28 pm

thats cause melo is a better post player, and he'll most likely score, whereas LeBron would either pass or shoot the ball instead of pushing the limit of his defender.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#19 » by TheKingOfVa360 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:30 pm

According to NBA players Melo is the toughest to guard in the NBA. Pierce, Gay, Battier, and Kobe all said he's the toughest to guard. It's due to his amazing footwork, range, power, post game, and first step. I wonder how MVP awards would look if only players voted for the MVP like it use to be. Kobe will probably have 5 of them and Melo would be the hands down MVP this season if he keeps his play up.
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Re: Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron 

Post#20 » by Quake Griffin » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:30 pm

i wouldn't put too much stock in these words.

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