Well there is no doubt he is an established sports icon!

timeTIME: AGE: 30
OCCUPATION: Basketball star
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 0

PRO: After leading the Lakers to the NBA finals — a feat that earned him his first MVP award — Bryant took home a gold medal in Beijing. And he’s bounced back (at least financially) from his 2003 sexual-assault case, earning an estimated $16 million in endorsement deals in 2008.

CON: Sometimes he just needs to pass the ball.

  • lakerfan

    HAHAH the con is funny

  • http://www.keyshop.org Makaveli3

    con wow?! lol kobe does pass the ball :P

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

    lol Kobe does pass the ball. The writer had no clue what he/she’s talking about.

  • wowlakers

    i hate how people use “he’s a ball hog” as a point to hate against Kobe. it’s effing ridiculous.

  • FLUKE

    lmfao are you kidding me doesn’t pass the ball? Check his assists its 5 per game. The ballhog is LeHype since he steals the ball from his teammates so he can have higher stats sounds ridiculous bit it’s 100% true. Watch a few full Cavs games and he always has the ball and is always making the play. Mo should be making the plays not him. I personally love Mo but hate the rest of the Cavs.

  • lakerschamps09

    ok first congrats to kobe on this…. 2nd yes lebron takes rebounds away from teammates but not assists as u have to actually be the one passin da to the teammate who then makes a shot….. kobe averages 5 assists that aint sh it and we all know it…. it shud at least be 6…. and we all know that sometimes he shoots to much thats not hate its the truth… he aint playin wit smush or cook or kwame anymore hes got fisher,LO pau ariza and bynum(when hes there) so those 5 assists aint nothin… we all know its truth that kobe forces some shots up soooo the write aint lying…