ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 9:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Eastern Conference All Stars talks with Kobe Bryant #8 of the Western Conference All Stars during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game at the Phillips Arena on February 9, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The West won 155-145 in the first double-overtime All-Star game.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice:  Copyright 2003 NBAE  (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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By James Herbert | NBA writer | December 21, 2015 8:56 pm ET

 

In a conference call on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant named his top 5 opposing players and teams, adding that it was difficult not to pick more, via ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes.

The players: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler.

The teams: San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations are in order for the Kings, who haven’t been included in any best-of lists in a long time. Those early-2000s teams were absolutely great.

Also: It’s rather interesting that Bryant picked Drexler, who had retired before Bryant became a full-time starter in his third season. That’s quite the show of respect from one great shooting guard to another.