The most recent accomplishments of Rondae Hollis-Jerfferson continue to earn him comparisons to Kobe Bryant. As many of us might be aware, we are currently in the midst of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The best basketball players from across the world are looking to use this stage to bring their country honor. Although most eyes are on Team USA, Jefferson’s recent performances for Jordan have not gone unnoticed by the NBA community.
While there is no reason or evidence to believe that there is any connection between Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Lakers legend, several members of the basketball community seem to think so. In fact, the Jordanian star was even asked to take a DNA test due to the plethora of theories on the internet. Let us take a closer look at the situation and find out more.
Does Rondae Hollis-Jefferson enjoy being compared to Kobe Bryant?
Although the comparisons were somewhat amusing at the beginning, fans appear to be growing tired of the publicity he is being given over his appearance. It is one thing when the people create a theory and propagate it. However, it is completely different when the individual openly supports it.
In this case, Jefferson made a statement when asked for thoughts on his resemblance to the Black Mamba. He responded with, “Shabazz Napier tells me to take a DNA test.” To those who do not know, Napier is a former NBA player who spent all of 5 years in the league.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on his resemblance to Kobe:
“Shabazz Napier tells me to take a DNA test.”
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) August 30, 2023
By making this statement, Rondae Hollis Jefferson is likely loving the attention and fame that is being given to him. Since he did score quite well over the past three games, albeit in losses, he does deserve some recognition for his game.
However, fans didn’t respond very positively to his statement on social media. Many of them called him out for letting things get to his head. Others questioned if he really even resembled Bryant in the first place. Some immediately brought up the fact that all of his games ended in losses.
Let’s calm down. He looks nothing like Kobe and is having a fluke shooting stretch
— ➴ (@nicknbagenda) August 30, 2023
his team went 0-3
— Jxniixr💕☄️ (@Jxniixr_) August 30, 2023
In any case, perhaps this is a good lesson for other NBA players. The notion of public opinion is quite fickle and could change at any given moment. Something that is amusing today is frowned upon tomorrow. This appears to be what is going on with Jefferson at the moment.
Kobe Bryant fans would know that the Black Mamba isn’t going to gloat or heap self-praise. Especially when his team is dead last in terms of standings.