Through out the life of an NBA franchise there are certain goals that owners would love to see their team achieve. These goals are mainly dependent on the growth of the franchise. A new franchise for example would have a goal of achieving a winning record for the season. After that is accomplished, the next season they may want to make the playoffs, and eventually win an NBA Championship. Every team has different goals that hang on the age and success of their franchise.
NBA fans look at the Los Angeles Lakers, as a very spoiled franchise. This would explain why thebleachereport.com ranked the Lakers as the 2nd most hated franchise in sports, behind the Yankees. You do not attain this spot by being unsuccessful; in fact I believe this hatred comes from a dominant attitude that the players/fans carry with them due to their success. Along with the success that the Lakers achieved since their founding in 1947, came the evolution of their goals.
Through out their 65-year history they have achieved more than some teams could even imagine: 8 league MVP’s, 12 Finals MVP’s, 3 Coach of the Year awards, 60 all-NBA 1st Team honors, 132 All-Star appearances, 25 Hall of Famers, 9 Olympic medalists, 31 NBA Finals, and finally, 16 NBA championships. After all of those things are said and done, where does that leave them? What more can they do?
It is at these moments where they must look at where they have been and who has brought them here. There are few people that can lay claim on the recent status of the Lakers, but the one who is on the top of that list is Kobe Bryant. Kobe is one of those rare players that come along once in a blue moon. He will go down as one of the greatest players to ever walk the earth, and for that, he is hated. He has been loyal to this team, as we have to him, since 1996. During his time in the NBA, Kobe has come close to winning as many rings as the benchmark player that Kobe and all other modern wing players are compared to: Michael Jordan.