Jason 'White Chocolate' Williams 'Not Sure' Kobe Bryant Is Top 5 All-Time Laker
Jason 'White Chocolate' Williams 'Not Even Sure' Kobe Is Top 5 Laker ... 'Not As High On My List'
3/11/2022 9:16 AM PT
Ex-NBA star Jason "White Chocolate" Williams just pissed off a whole lot of Kobe Bryant fans ... saying he's "not even sure" the Black Mamba is a top-five Laker of all-time.
The former point guard made the shocking claim on the popular hoops podcast "Players Choice" this week ... while discussing where the NBA's greatest should land on an all-time rankings list.
"I haven't really thought about where I got Kobe," Williams said. "But, Kobe's not as high on my list as people would really think he should be."
"I'm not even sure he's on the top five of the all-time greatest Lakers."
Jason Williams and Chltwn32 don’t have Kobe ranked very high in their All-Time players list 😳— Players Choice (@PlayersChoice_) March 7, 2022 @PlayersChoice_
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One co-host kind of agreed with Williams ... but several others on the show thought the dude was crazy.
Of course, Laker Nation is surely clenching its fists over Williams' comments ... because nearly everyone who's rooted for the Purple and Gold has him pinned somewhere definitively in their top three.
Williams -- who spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Kings, Grizzlies, Heat and Magic -- went head-to-head with Bryant throughout his career, so it's plausible his opinion was formed as a result of firsthand experience.
Williams didn't mention who he'd possibly have above Kobe ... but the Lakers do have a rich history of ballers (Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Shaquille O' Neal and LeBron James, to name a few).
Kobe's place amongst the Laker icons, though, is cemented in the eyes of many L.A. fans ... as he won five titles, two finals MVPs, and one regular-season MVP in his 20-year career.
Bryant dropped 60 in his final game as a Laker ... and after he tragically passed away, there was a real push by some NBA stars -- Kyrie Irving most notably -- to replace Jerry West as the NBA's logo.