Just look at the list, and ask yourself if you're really going to give a last-second game-winning shot to Ben Gordon over the likes of Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, LeBron James, or even Jason Terry.
Would I really let Rashard Lewis take that shot over Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, or any of the players above?
It's laughable. Teams flock to Kobe in crunch time because, if he does get enough room to release his shot without a double or a strong contest by the right defender, it's likely going to end the game in his favor.
Coaches and players aren't credible enough to recognize it? They are the guys setting up their defense for it. They are the guys who choose to double Bryant 23 feet from the rim, as soon as he catches the ball, to get it out of his hands.
The argument regarding their offense over a "clutch period" is comical, because it's based on Kobe's entire career, a great deal of it being played with Shaq (who was intentionally fouled) or on teams with very little shooters. Of course, the extras that should be considered...well, they can't be, because there's no true stat out there that can compare one player to another without analyzing an entire roster, so instead of acknowledging that, most writers will just write the controversial story to get the hits and comments.
Kobe averaged 24 PPG in 2004. Was he the best scorer in the league? That scoring average didn't say so, but he was. Discussing the sport is more complex than that.