Jamie Foxx stopped by ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday night during halftime of the Warriors/Trailblazers game to promote his new movie Sleepless. While there, he was asked to look a meme posted by Tracy McGrady earlier that night. The meme featured six NBA stars – Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal—and the line, “Name the worst player in this picture.”
Clearly the the answer to this meme is based on personal opinion and fans of either player could haven easily taken offense. However some fans went in after Foxx quickly glanced at the picture and immediately blurted out Kobe’s name as the “worst” on the list. Jamie went on to say:
The only reason I’m saying it is because, if we’re trying to build a team, I think the team aspect of the players is a little different than the Kobe Bryant of…
I’ll say this. Let me explain this. I think when Michael Jordan played so well, there was something that happened with every kid that came behind Michael Jordan that it had to be themselves because Michael Jordan made this big thing. So every agent, every manager was like, ‘Yo, you have to be Michael Jordan.’ Which wasn’t necessarily, to the naked eye, the team sport. So if I’m building a team, the guys other than Kobe Bryant are more team-oriented players.
If it’s another type of, like, we’re trying to win MVPs, then Kobe Bryant is definitely a person that you would not kick off the list. You would take Tim Duncan off the list, because Tim Duncan is a quiet assassin who was always, sort of, never got out of college if you think about it. [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] sort of runs a college—think about what I’m saying—he ran a college program when you look at Pop. So it was more about quiet.
Jalen Rose also choose Kobe out of the six players on the list; however fans didn’t seem to task offense to his response. I guess in eyes of Kobe fans, Jamie should stay in his lane and stick to acting.