Grant Hill: Kobe Bryant Was ‘By Far The Toughest’ Player To Guard

In an interview with Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, Hill revealed that no one was more difficult to guard than Kobe:

“In Phoenix, why the hell I was guarding him at 36, 37, I don’t know,” Hill told Sporting News. “It was one of those things where, of all the guys I had to guard at that time, he was by far the toughest.”

Hill would expound on exactly what made Kobe so difficult to contain:

“Certain guys, even All-Stars, you can guard and you have a game plan […] But with Kobe, he was so good, you could throw all the analytics out the window, you could forget trying to play against his tendencies and all of that. Because you could do everything right. You could be on him, you could guess right on what he was going to do, you could time it perfectly, everything. And you turn around, and the ball goes in. And you go, ‘Well, OK.’ ”

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