Netease Sports reported on October 9:
Back then, Durant and
ESPN reporter Wanaroski recently revealed a secret in his personal podcast, that is, in the 2012 Olympics, Kobe and Wes were teammates in the national team, encouraging the latter not to give Durant too much on the court.
"In 2012, Kobe and Wes spent some time together. He told Wes,'You know, you deserve those scoring titles. I don't know why you want Kevin to get it. The person who deserves it should be you.'"
"What Kobe did was create a split between Weiss and Kevin, which is quite interesting."
Wonaroski believes that Kobe deliberately creates a split, referring to the Thunder, which had already become a powerhouse in the Western Conference. They reached the Finals in 2012, but lost to LeBron-led Heat 1-4. Perhaps Kobe doesn’t want the Thunder to be too strong and let his
Durant won the scoring champion for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, and then won the honor for the fourth time in 2014. Weiss won two scoring titles in 2015 and 2017.
Of course, there is another possibility, that is Kobe's appreciation of West, thinking that his offensive ability is beyond Durant. Kobe once said in an interview that the player most like him in the league is Weiss.