How is it that hard for people to grasp what I am saying? Because you're not making sense.
One or two more rings in the twilight of Kobe's career while he has Dwight and Nash is not going to make him GOAT...lol thats just absurd, and Kobe is my all time favorite player...
I have been watching basketball for a long time, and have watched the Lakers for a long time. I am telling you right now, that most non-Laker fans consider Kobe top 10, some consider him top 5 but most have MJ, Kareem, Russell, Magic, Wilt ahead of him.
What I am saying about Lebron is due to Lebron's play the past year and a half. If he continues this level of play for multiple years to come, that shoots him ahead of Kobe's prime and Kobe on the all time list. If he gets 5 or more rings, another 1 or 2 MVPs, and 5 or more finals MVPs, he and Jordan will be debated for GOAT. LOL as if that's easy to do.
The GOAT discussion will never end! Those who followed MJ would point to him and those who followed Kareem would point to him and all people older than 65 years would shake their head at point to Wilt and Russell. IMO a case can be made for all four guys.
Right now, I think Kobe (and Duncan) are in the Bird, Magic class but Kobe could potentially move up into the MJ,Kareem,Wilt,Russell-tier, but to do this he would need to get at least one more ring and/or beat Kareems scoring record.
I think it’s possible. MJ scored close to 23 ppg at age 38 and 20 ppg at age 39, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Kobe could drop 20ppg in his late 30s. In that case he could potentially end up in the 40K-realm.
Regarding championships, I think if Dwight re-signs this summer he could win a championship on his current contract with the pieces we have. In 2014 the Lakers could potentially sign Melo, LBJ or Bosh in the summer and he could go on to win yet another ring(s).
Another important area is what happens after his playing career. Imagine if he starts winning championships as a coach or GM.