Recently, Sports Illustrated conducted a poll among NBA players.
The question “Who do you want shooting with the game on the line?” was asked; resulting in 166 NBA players responding.
Kobe Bryant received 74% of the votes.
(Kevin Durant got 8%, Dwayne Wade 3%, Ray Allen and Dirk Nowitski both got 2%).
It’s safe to say the “Black Mamba” still strikes fear in his opponents as evident by this poll.