Posted on | September 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Millions of people will kill me for posting this. A blogger says, “In my eyes, 16 years and counting makes Bryant the G.O.A.T. Bryant will continue his relentless assault on the NBA record books.” And I kind of agree with him. By the time the smoke is cleared, the “Bean” will be THE GREATEST. Here’s how according to this blogger.
1. Kobe is already the second best player ever right now. Even when he was playing with Shaquille O’Neal, many thought Bryant was the best overall player in the game. He definitely was in the 01 Playoffs. Then he gives the best individual performance of all time (81 points) about a month after giving the best individual performance of all time (outscoring Dallas through 3). But forget the 5 rings, the All NBA teams, the MVP, the Defensive Team…Team USA could not win with Lebron, Duncan and the rest. They brought home the bronze. 4 years later, they put Kobe on the team and he led them to gold. Enough said.
With 2 or 3 more years of playing at the peak level (25 ppg, 5 apg, 5 rpg) he has played at for the last 15 plus years; which could include 1 to 2 more championship rings, 17 consecutive All-Star STARTS, passing Jordan on the all-time regular season and playoff points list, passing Horry on the all-time playoff games list, setting more career marks as a Los Angeles Laker; to go along with his Olympic brilliance which single-handedly resurrected USA Basketball back to International prominence, I would consider Kobe Bean Bryant as the greatest basketball player in the history of the NBA
2. No one except “Bean” Kobe Bryant won multiple championship with different casts of teammates. . On top of what I have already mentioned, my reasoning for placing Bryant at the top of the all-time list is somewhat simple. Bryant has done something that Jordan, Magic and Bird never did or could do–won multiple championships with different casts of teammates. Kobe won three titles in a row with Shaq as “The Number 2 Guy”, but as I recall, Kobe was still the best all-around player on those championship teams and he was the one who closed those tough games out. Hell, those NBA Finals with the Pacers, Sixers and Nets were even competitive. The most competitive series was the Pacers series and Kobe saved the Lakers with a bum ankle in Game 4 after Shaq fouled out. Coach Jackson and his staff knew that Shaq was a free throw liability anyway. Kobe was their clutch, go-to guy down the stretch (Age 22-24).
3. He is now in a position to win multiple rings yet with different cast of teammates and a different coach. Some 6 or 7 years later, this same Kobe Bean Bryant separated himself from both his contemporaries and the all-time greats. Bryant won 2 more world championships with no other Hall of Fame player on his team. Bryant won rings #4 and #5 as the single, dominant Hall of Fame player on those teams. Because of his long-standing greatness and otherworldly talent, he is now in a position to win more rings with yet a different cast of teammates and a different coach. The fact that this guy has played 16 years for arguably the single greatest organization in professional sports and still remains one the top 2 or 3 players in the game speaks loud volumes about the brilliance of the Lakers front office in they knew they could never trade their once in a lifetime talent.
In my eyes, 16 years and counting of highest level of excellent play also makes Bryant the G.O.A.T. Bryant will continue his assault on the NBA record books.
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