Yahoo recently conducted their top 10 best shooting guards of the last decade, Kobe Bryant was named number 1.
Yahoo: Very, very brilliant, this man is.
You’re well aware of his stats; he’s essentially a Jordan-lite. You’re aware that he’s won four rings, made the Finals two other times, and is one of the greatest backcourt practitioners to ever play this game. And that, at age 31, he’s on what might be the deepest and most talented team of his career, a team coming off a Finals victory.
What always impresses me most, is the man’s dedication. Complain about the off-court stuff, how calculating he seems, how he can appear pretty transparent at times, I don’t mind. You’d be right, in that regard. But you have to respect the amount of work he puts into the game that we love. Work that, I’m sorry, some of our favorite players both past and present just couldn’t be bothered to do.
Can’t blame those guys, you can only go so hard for so long without getting burned out. Kobe’s love is a special love, though. A sick one. MJ had that sickness, Magic had it, Bird had it, Russell had it. All the greats had it.
He’s not at their level. But he made damn sure he gave himself every opportunity he could to work toward their level.
Kobe Bryant is the greatest shooting guard of the decade. It’s not even close.