The Los Angeles Lakers have perhaps the richest history in all of sports, and many legends have donned the purple and gold proudly. Kobe Bryant retired following the 2016 NBA season after an unprecedented 20 years with the franchise and now, his legacy will be debated for years to come.
Bryant’s impact on this generation of superstars in the NBA is undeniable, as he has gained respect from those who came before him, his peers, and those who will come after him. Dwyane Wade weighed in on Twitter about Bryant’s lasting legacy:
Number 2 shoot guard of all~ time. Hands down. https://t.co/d2GMwTCABC
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 19, 2017
Wade and Bryant had countless battles during which their careers overlapped — the former was drafted seven years after the latter. Wade, who has spent the majority of his career with the Miami Heat, made it known that Bryant is only second to one shooting guard — and that is presumably Michael Jordan.
Jordan spent his legendary career with the Chicago Bulls (before a brief comeback stint with the Washington Wizards). Wade grew up in Chicago while Jordan was racking up championships and solidifying himself as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, so that explains why Wade may have given Jordan the edge.
Wade did not explicitly say that Jordan was the greatest shooting guard of all time, but Jordan is the only player who belongs in a conversation with Bryant as the top-two shooting guards in history. Although he is tailing off near the end of his career, Wade will certainly be in the conversation of perhaps the top-five shooting guards ever.
LeBron James stole some of Wade’s spotlight when they teamed up together in Miami, which is why some tend to forget how dominant Wade was in his prime. Injuries slowed him down and Father Time is catching up to him, but Wade will also be remembered as an all-time great shooting guard when it is all said and done.