Kobe Bryant is hands down one of the best basketball playersto ever grace the NBA. He has broken most records there are to break in thestaples center.
When Kobe came into the NBA as a young seventeen year oldhigh school athlete, it was unsure the impact he would make. Soon everyonewould know what this young kid could do. As a rookie Bryant entered the NBAdunk contest impressing judges as he flew his way to a NBA Slam Dunk ContestTrophy.
The Slam Dunk Trophy was just the beginning. Bryant wouldcontinue his dominance four years later as he teamed up with fellow all starShaquille O’Neil. The dynamic duo ledthe Lakers to a three peat; and are still being debated today, as the best onetwo punch the NBA had ever seen.
Kobe throughout his career with the Los Angeles Lakers hasaveraged 25 points a game, 5 rebounds, and 5 assist. Not to mention he issecond all time for most points scored in a single game (81). But the stats donot say enough about Bryant. The poise he shows in the most clutch situationsis what makes him “Jordan like” if you will. There was no situation or momentwhere the lights where too bright for Bryant to handle.
As Bryant approaches the latter part of his career, you areseeing him develop into a smarter player; doing things in a veteran manner.After Kobe surpassed Shaquille O’Neil last night vs. the Philadelphia 76er’syou could see a since of accomplishment he had overcome him. As Derek Fisher(the point guard who has been on the same team as Bryant for many of the LakersChampionships) embraced Bryant with an emotional hug, you could see Bryantrealize what an amazing career he has had.
As we look at the end of Bryant’s career approaching inthe next 3-4 years, it’s time to appreciate the absolute talent and leadershipBryant displays on a regular basis. This is a legend of the game and we as NBAfans are getting to witness it. In twenty years when the next big name hits theNBA we will tell the new age fans “man, he was nothing like Kobe”.
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