Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been dominating the NBA for well over a decade, with nine titles and 30 All-Star honors between them.
But Tim Duncan has always been in the shadows of Bryant in terms of both elite accolades and off the court publicity and stardom with the San Antonio Spurs star seeming to prefer the quiet life away from the league.
Bryant meanwhile has been the face of the Lakers franchise for years as well as raking in the money through various multi-million dollar endorsements as he embraces the celebrity lifestyle.
When all of that is taken away however, and basketball is the main focus, the Los Angeles Lakers veteran has admitted that he is jealous of his peer:
"I'm jealous of Tim," Kobe told ESPN recently.
"Playing for the same historically great coach for his entire career," Bryant continued.
He has a point. Duncan has spent his entire NBA career, all 18 years of it, under the guidance of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio whilst Bryant has had 10 different coaches in LA since arriving in the league in 1996.
Duncan is revered as one of the most consistent players ever to play game and the fact he hasn't had to deal with upheaval and changes to the coaching hot seat - not to mention different basketball philosophies being thrown on him - must have helped him reach the near-zen levels of performance.
With the Lakers currently looking for coach number 11 in the 'Kobe-era', Bryant will be hoping that they find the right man as he sits and watches Duncan contest for a place in the NBA Finals from the comfort of his sofa.
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