Disclaimer: I was around during the Jordan/Bulls Dynasty and the Lakeshow Dynasty and I know what history will say about this and I know what some of you smart *** know it alls will say about this and I know what sports writers have to say about this and I know what haters like Charles Barkley have to say about this. So if you're going to just regurgitate that old crap then save it. I want to hear what you think in your heart of hearts when no one else is looking.
Okay I know Kobe at times can't share the rock to save his own life but at other times he has carried a .500 caliber team to the brink of success against Phoenix in the playoffs. He scored 61 in three quarters and 81 in four. You have to admit that in the pantheon of incredibly gifted athletes Kobe will go down as one of the greatest. He has had to use sheer force of will and determination to drag teams across the finish line. Sure he hasn't always been the end all be all like the Payton/Malone/Pistons finals he was more of a liability than an asset IMO.
Remember too that when others were out partying or at home with their families Kobe was in the gym with his trainers. Kobe lives, eats, and breaths basketball. He's practically married to it. His indomitable will at least IMO earns him a spot somewhere up there near the top.
Some key points to ponder before you answer:
- Kobe didn't have the same physical tools as Jordan
- He had to do more with less
- Now this is just me but I think it's harder now to accomplish what Jordan did back then
- There's more parity in the league
- Then Kobe had his best years squandered when Shaq babied up and quit