just like i said if a 'backuptype' player was on a small market and mirrorimage of JORDAN(so called GOAT) he would get laughed at and look at as a MELOtype or worse, good-great scorer who cant get out of first rd(see 05-07),so who would care right? so why would i just all of a sudden boost him up because of 5rings? he still was a backup and still started on allstar teams before his regular season LAKER squad, when and how does a 'franchise' player get away with that
now imagine if his whole career was like that, do you see the perception diff.? or are we all just some 'haters'
thats the thing with this KOBE guy, hes closest thing to JORDAN according to LAKERfiens but was a backupguard to JONES and BYRON ...yea i get it thats the making of the 2nd best player since JORDAN....dont forget the 5rings to make it even more foggy
nobody hates KOBE, its the fiens who spew it so its the perception that people hate him for not agreeing with the fiens
but to those who actually play bball and take it serious, its comedy as hell over the yrs to watch him stick his tongue out to pump fisting to walking to talking to playing just like the oldman3peat JORDAN, he got that down pat...but it doesnt make him closest to JORDAN ,just makes him a gimmick mirror image who got away with it playing in bigmarket and the league needed a MJ gimmick since he did make the league like 90pct of its profit $$$ in the 90's alone....nobody could have gotten away with this in any other market except LA/maybe BEANTOWN....
for the last time go find me a top 5-10 player ever who was a backup player starting on allstar teams but not for its regular season squad, and was a 'franchise' player
what franchise player rides the pine? what developing player rides the pine? what kind of champion says no to a bottom feeder but yes to a stacked squad? very easy ?'s to answer, especially if you actually play the game, on any level
this how KOBE fiens sum his career up
96-99 = he was too young and HARRIS was too stupid to play him so he lost his job, but last i checked dont you compete in training camp for starting position/rotation spot? He was also player of yr and a lottery pick so its not like he wasnt nba ready, or should he have gone to DUKE to 'develop'?
2000-04 = he was playing 2nd fiddle to SHAQ and in 2003 he finally reached SHAQ's level, after 7yrs in.....another ? to all you fiens, why wasnt he 2nd fiddle to SHAQ from 96-99?
05-10 = hes the best player by far in league, he won 2 scoring titles and 2rings in this span, but couldnt get past 1st rd preGASOL, postSHAQ from -5-07
10-12 = Doing what he did since 96............score(shoot), and getting even more props for it, congrats
he always needed a no1(SHAQ/GASOL) and now NASH/HOWARD, because last i checked he was a sidekick(according to him) and got tired of it and wanted to force himself into ALPHA position instead of being himself, he wanted to be JORDAN....im not knocking him for needing/wanting a no.1 option, its just that he proved to me he was a sidekick in that PHX series up 3-1...he pulled a TMAC and got a pass for it
If KOBE would have manned up and went to so called small market on draft day then it would have been 05-07 for 17yrs yrs instead of 3yrs and we all know how thats working out for MELO right,up til this yr
KOBE dissed SMUSH/BROWN for being scrubs while players like AI/BRON took those calilber type players to FINALS,only to lose but still impressive
to me KOBE will always be the backupguard turned starter who did a youtube rant vid dissing his mates/GM and told PHIL he was tired of being a sidekick
He went from SUPERSTAR sidekick to SUPERSTARalltime status yrs later, what a wonderful world we live in
KOBE is respected by us for his hardworkethic from being a backupguard, hes also mad overrated by his fiens