Kobe Bryant's fierce competitiveness was one of the attributes that made him such a success during his 20 years in the NBA.
No matter who the opponent was, the Black Mamba would never back down from a challenge, so it comes as no surprise to hear his words about Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors.
The now-retired five-time champion refused to talk about loyalty when asked about the 2014 MVP's move and insisted he wouldn't have been calling the move unfair, he would've been rising to the challenge of seeing off the 'superteam'.
On The Jim Rome Show, he said: "I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, 'That's unfair'. If you're a real competitor, you look at that and say, 'OK, lace 'em up. Let's go. I don't care how many players you have over there; we're still going to take you down.'"
During his time with the Lakers, Kobe faced some devastating teams; the 2004 finals saw him face the Chauncy Billups led Detroit Pistons, whose physicality and smash-mouth style of play dominated the Purple and Gold. The big three of Boston also had their number in 2008 before Bryant enacted his revenge two years later.
LeBron James will have to take on that Mamba mentality if he is to help the Cleveland Cavaliers reclaim their title, while the other 28 franchises in the league have to believe that all is not lost.
After all, the Warriors are only human, no matter how 'super' people dub them.