Pretty crazy article on Kobe Bryant.
Bleacher Report: Buddha. Moses. Jesus Christ. Kobe Bryant?
When Kobe Bryant came into the NBA, he wasn’t your average high-school player.
Then-Laker General Manager Jerry West called Bryant the most talented player he’d seen.
But very quickly, Kobe became one of the most hated players in the league. Rumors of him being a “ballhog” and “uncoachable” leaked quickly out of the Lakers locker room.
And jealousy abounded from the other massive talent on that team, Shaquille O’Neal.
Kobe ended up being successful by winning three NBA titles en route to unseating a retired Michael Jordan to become the best guard in the league.
The on-court success tells only part of Kobe’s story, however. Bryant is more than just a basketball player. Like Jordan, he’s a transcendent figure. He’s one of the most recognizable people on the planet and arguably the biggest star in sports.
So that begs the question, what is it about Bryant that makes him so popular? What is it about him that makes him so loved, and so hated at the same time?
My answer is simple: Kobe Bryant is a hero.