Its just when being a fan goes into hero worship. Maybe Im just too old for that. In HS maybe this way of thinking was cool but as a 28 year old man with a kid I can't see myself worshipping some guy thats 8 years my senior like he's the greatest human to walk the planet. At his root Kobe is a ball player to me. A gladiator an entertainer and some things he does is inspiring but some of these guys will go to war and exaggerate any and everything to make sure he's worshipped like gdamn MLK or something.
I think it's obvious that just because he had a "shoulder injury" it does not mean it was something that bothered him every single game and that the poor guy was playing with pain for 14 years because of it. Cmon Majesty.
Athletes encounter a lot of small nagging injuries throughout their career, Majesty. Should we kudos every single player who plays with minor muscle aches, or a cut toe nail, or rash on their balls? These guys get paid millions to entertain, and they should be doing everything they can to go out there and perform.
Kobe's played with many small injuries throughout his career. Remember his pinkie? His broken nose? It's fine to say you're proud of Kobe, but to glorify him for doing this is way too much. Especially when he's compared to Jordan. To be compared to Jordan, you better be worthy.