Sporting News put together a great piece on Kobe Bryant. Pretty cool stuff here on the best athlete of the decade!
Lakers Examiner: Sporting News has named Los Angeles Lakers guard and 2009 NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant as the NBA player of the decade for the 2000s.
The honor is part of a 14-page tribute to the athletes, coaches and teams of the 2000s in the new issue of the magazine. SN honored one athlete in each sport and enlisted the help of teammates, coaches and legends to make a case for both the winner and runner-up.
Kobe told SN that 2009 was his favorite year of the decade, for obvious reasons…
This year meant a lot. We won a championship. It was satisfying, very satisfying, because we put in a lot of time and effort to fix things and get better. It’s a great memory. I feel that we just had such a great team, such a fun team, from our chemistry to the way we executed. We went through some years and years of frustration to get to that point.
Anyone who remembers watching Smush Parker and Kwame Brown fumble the ball around can certainly understand Kobe’s frustration. The fact that those teams even made the playoffs are a testament to Kobe’s ability and determination.