Shaq's stats in 2002 Finals
Kobe's stats in 2002 Finals
Im sorry. Kobe is one of the all time great but he was never the best player in the 3peat.
Lovely coming from someone that never watched those games and are just pulling stats as if they tell the entire story and is taking nothing into thought as to how many of shots Shaq got because of Kobe and because of Kobe's ability to find him, facilitate it to him and make it easy for him.
Without that, Shaq wouldn't have accomplished it. Want evidence? Larry Brown knew this to be true, that's why he had the entire detroit pistons try to stop Kobe's facilitating and passing and ways to get Shaq involved, Forcing Shaq to have to create his own offense without Kobe doing it for him.
If you remember that was Larry"s entire strategy, to shut down the Shaq and Kobe connection and focus their efforts solely on Kobe and let Shaq do whatever he wanted "by himself" and know what happened? Kobe had to win a game for us and bail us out and every other game we lost.
Kobe has a lot to do with Shaq's success during those finals and throughout the playoffs and is even the reason a lot of those victories happened.
Be aware that even in our first championship season against the trailblazers it was Kobe whom scored on or assisted on the final 5 posessions of the game, the alley oop to shaq being the one all remember.
Lets also not forget that against the Pacers Shaq fouled out and it was Kobe who carried the team down the stretch.
SHAQ himself admitted that Kobe was the best player in the league during their run. He'd probably like people to forget that moment of humbleness.
Kobe made sacrifices for Shaq but the Lakers were obviously his team, cutting him off from making it easy for Shaq is what finally beat them.
And if you'd watched those series you'd have realized that.
It was debatable on the 2nd championship but clear on the 3rd it was Kobe's team then and going forward, Shaq knew it too, but he couldn't take it nor accept it. The Piston series definitely showed it to be true and it was obvious that it was Kobe's team going forward, Shaq acted immature, played the leverage game with Jerry buss and was sent packing, and Kobe got the blame.
Edited by Majesty, March 09, 2013 - 09:24 PM.