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NBA players were asked to pick one word to describe Kobe Bryant - three stood out

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With just one game remaining for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015-16 season, it is almost time to say goodbye to Kobe Bryant as a professional in the NBA.

The Black Mamba has left a lasting impression on the league over the past two decades - winning more than his fair share of both fans and critics on route to five NBA titles and numerous personal achievements.

One word

His reputation is clear in a video released by the Los Angeles Times this week, in which the publication asked a host of current NBA players to describe Kobe in just one word. The answers perfectly sum up his impact on his peers but three words, in particular, were the most popular.

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34 players in total were asked the question and the words 'Great/Greatness', 'Competitive' and 'Legend' were the most common responses.

Great or greatness was given as an answer by nine different players - including Carmelo Anthony, Zach LaVine and Amar'e Stoudemire - while competitive was the adjective of choice for the likes of Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin and four others.

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Legend, meanwhile, came up five times and was the description given by Stephen Curry, a player who could well achieve the same status if his own career continues on the same trajectory.


It is testament to Bryant's reputation that he is associated with such words as he nears retirement from the league. As the third most prolific scorer in NBA history and a player who came to define a generation of players, all three descriptions are very apt.

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In fact, the full bank of words picked by the players in the video would likely come up in any dictionary definition of the veteran star.

They include; 'killer', 'perfectionist', 'winner' and even a couple of calls for Kobe as the 'G.O.A.T'.

Finish in style

While people will be searching for the words to describe Kobe over the next 48 hours as the curtain comes down on his phenomenal career, the player himself will likely be looking to do his talking on the court.

Having knocked down double-digit points in 12 of his past 15 games - including 35 against the Rockets over the weekend - Bryant will be hoping to cap it all off in style against the Jazz on Wednesday.

With Byron Scott admitting his tactics for the game include "getting the ball to Kobe", you can be sure the future Hall of Famer will have his chance to add one last chapter to a legendary career.

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