NBA legend Kobe Bryant spoke out about if women would ever be included in the all men’s professional basketball league.
The comments came during an interview with CNN published Wednesday. The former Los Angles Lakers player was questioned about the future of women in the NBA after being spotted with his daughter at multiple games.
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant lent his voice to calls for women to one day be allowed to compete in the NBA, saying there are female players who could play in the league right now. https://t.co/kqAeoWYkFR
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“I think there are a couple of players who could play in the NBA right now honestly,” Bryant said. “There’s a lot of players with a lot of skill that could do it.”
Bryant noted three women in the NBA currently who he believes could make a jump into the men’s league.
“Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Elena Della Donne,” he added. “There’s a lot of great players out there so they could certainly keep up with them.” (RELATED: Kobe Bryant Says Shaq Would Have Been The Greatest Ever If He Had His Worth Ethic)
Taurasi was the first overall pick in the WNBA draft in 2004 and was named the WNBA MVP in 2009. She has been the leading scorer in the league since June of 2017. She currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury as a guard.
Donne, who towers on the court at 6’5″, was a part of the Washington Mystics’ first WNBA title and has earned herself two WNBA MVP awards since she joined the league in 2013.
Moore did not play in the 2019 season, but has taken home four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx.