Have we forgotten how good that guy was? Its my opinion that Kobe is 2nd to none other than MJ. Other people seem to leave him out of their top 5 and even their top 10 sometimes. How? Kobe is by far the most skilled player to EVER play. Offensively nobody matches his skill set. And he was a shutdown defender.
I mean how the hell can you seriously rank Larry Bird ahead of Kobe with a straight face? I have been watching a lot of old school playoff games from the 80's and 90's and I always get the impression that if Kobe was in that game, he would be taking over.
So for those of you that rank him so low, why? And don't give me **** about how Kobe needed Shaq and Gasol to win titles. Jordan needed Pippen and Rodman, Larry needed McHale, and Magic needed Kareem and Worthy and everyone else.
Also if your going to say that Kobe only has 2 finals mvps and it was all Shaq in the 3peat years. (Its funny how ppl discredit Kobe like that but conveniently forget about the Magic Kareem combo), don't forget how well Kobe played in the playoffs. Kobe and Shaq could have easily split regular playoff series mvps. Sure Shaq may have had the finals mvps, but everybody knew that the real championship was always the WCF back then. Lakers vs Spurs and Lakers vs Kings were the real finals in those days. Kobe was off the charts against the Spurs. I'm not denying Shaq was the main man of the 3peat, but lets not act like Kobe was just some sidekick.
Then factor in the repeat days with Gasol and Bynum. Don't forget they beat the Celtics big 3 in 2010. Those are the same guys that took Lebron's Heat to 7 games in 2012.
So please enlighten me as to why Kobe is not on Mt. Rushmore to most of you people.