I came across this article and just thought I would share. Found it a surprisingly solid read. I won't post the second half of the article, which is then detailing Mayweather and how he compares since that'd be too long already and I'd go past the rule, but check out the rest in the link if you wish.
This will be Kobe Bryant’s 18th year in the NBA.
Normally when a player last that long in the NBA they are relegated to McGrady status, they are begging for one last opportunity before retiring like Allen Iverson or they have settled into a specific role player status like Ray Allen.
Kobe Bryant in his 17th year in the NBA averaged.
27, 5 & 6
That’s not normal, it defies logic, you would think it would be appreciated, not just for the raw numbers, but for the sustained excellence over such a long period of time, but that isn’t what happens when you bring up Kobe Bryant. Go to Twitter or your barbershop and say the following:
“Kobe averaged 27, 5 and 6 last year what do you think about that?”
I guarantee you will hear something similar to these comments and more.
“He still not better than Jordan.”
“He’s a bad teammate.”
“He wouldn’t have won without Shaq.”
“He doesn’t pass to anyone.”
“LeBron is better.”
“He snitched on Shaq.”
“He raped that girl in Colorado.”
Doesn’t matter if these comments are true or not. They are opinions, but the point is they have nothing to do with the facts. Regardless of your personal feelings about him, it doesn’t change his sustained excellence in the sport. Maybe he won’t be Jordan, maybe one day LeBron will have a better career, but there are times you just have to appreciate the here and now.
Kobe’s career didn’t start with him being THE MAN, he was the sidekick the B-Side, but through Hard Work and Dedication he became the biggest name in the sport.
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