PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ Devin Booker: ‘I should never be compared to Kobe Bryant’

Jul 19, 2021, 4:55 PM | Updated: 8:03 pm
Kobe Bryant's signed shoes given to Devin Booker as a gift. (Instagram photo/@DBook)...
Kobe Bryant's signed shoes given to Devin Booker as a gift. (Instagram photo/@DBook)
(Instagram photo/@DBook)

Devin Booker made it clear that he does not want to be compared to the late great Kobe Bryant.

“I haven’t really thought about it much,” Booker told ESPN The Jump’s Richard Jefferson. “I know it’s something everyone has going on right now. You know I did not make that comparison myself.

“I just leave it at what he has done for me as a mentor and the advice he has left me with. I try and take bits and pieces of his mentality and approach, but I should never be compared to Kobe Bryant.”

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made the same comparison after Game 1 against the Clippers and did not skate around the topic.

“Devin Booker is the next Kobe Bryant. I’m saying it on national television, Devin Booker is the next Kobe Bryant,” Smith said.

“Be legendary” is a phrase that Bryant bestowed to a young Booker on a pair of shoes back in 2016 after a showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers.

After the passing of Bryant, Booker had the term tattooed onto his forearm to commemorate and take a piece of Bryant with him.

As his career has taken off, the Suns guard has drawn more and more comparisons to the Black Mamba, as Booker’s mid-range jumper and scoring ability has an uncanny similarity to Bryant, a skill that is fading in todays NBA.

Phoenix Suns

Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Golden Stat...
Kellan Olson

Suns reset after conclusion of winning streak; Ish Wainright gets run

The Phoenix Suns get over a week at home with just two games after a grueling stretch in the schedule across November.
23 hours ago
Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by ph2in the second half at Chase Center...
Kellan Olson

Mikal Bridges, Suns thankful after wing avoids serious finger injury

A lot of hearts sunk into stomachs on Friday when Mikal Bridges was visibly upset after injuring his finger during the loss to the Warriors.
2 days ago
Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) looks to pass over New York Knicks' Julius Randle (30) during the fi...
Arizona Sports

By the numbers: Suns’ franchise-best winning streak comes to close

The Phoenix Suns' franchise record 18-game winning streak is over, but there were some impressive numbers put up throughout it.
3 days ago
Stephen Curry #30 is congratulated by Juan Toscano-Anderson #95 of the Golden State Warriors after ...
Kellan Olson

Suns put up a fight against Warriors before taking 1st loss in over a month

We often hear the saying of "not going down without a fight," and boy, is that apt for the Phoenix Suns' franchise-record winning streak.
3 days ago
Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) shoots against the Golden State Warriors during the first hal...
Arizona Sports

Suns’ winning streak ends at 18 games after loss to Warriors

The Phoenix Suns' 18-game winning streak that became a franchise record on Thursday ended on Friday after a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
4 days ago
Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the second half of the NBA game at Fo...
Arizona Sports

Suns’ Mikal Bridges exits with dislocated finger vs. Warriors, returns

The Phoenix Suns had a major scare on Friday against the Golden State Warriors when Mikal Bridges got injured.
4 days ago
Suns’ Devin Booker: ‘I should never be compared to Kobe Bryant’