All Good For Kobe

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Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Every second we wait for a decision from LeBron James is a small victory for Kobe Bryant.

Seriously.

The longer James waits to make a decision on where he will play the next five or six seasons of his career, the more time we have to admire Bryant and not only what he and the Los Angeles Lakers have accomplished and what might be in store as they chase a championship three-peat next season.

Folks will inevitably tire of this entire free agency drama starring James, Dwyane Wade and others. And when they do, someone will be sure to remind them that all these free agents are chasing Bryant. They are chasing the man with all the rings, the man who will show up to training camp with a team superior to whatever the free agent frenzy creates and the man who found his peace at home (LA has been his for his entire adult life) after contemplating the same sorts of stay-or-go dilemma that James and Wade are wrestling with right now.

William C. Rhoden of the New York Times illustrates that sentiment beautifully here:

Winning a title is hard, winning two is extremely difficult, three heroic. Winning four or more is close to miraculous.

Which is why the more I see of LeBron James, the more I like Kobe Bryant.

This has nothing to do with life outside basketball, just life on the court — life on the scoreboard. Right now, the scoreboard reads: Kobe Bryant 5 championships, LeBron James 0.

Last month in Johannesburg, Bryant was one of the invited guests at the first day of African Fashion Week. He relaxed in an informal viewing area and watched a World Cup match.

He talked briefly about his first trip to Africa. He mentioned the safari he had gone on a day earlier. He excitedly described how the truck he was in had come upon a clan of hyenas that had identified its prey.

What stood out for Bryant was how the hyenas were so focused on the task at hand that they didn’t even glance at the truck of spectators. That’s what impressed Bryant: the pack was locked in, singularly focused on that moment, on that prey. It was as if the truck did not exist.

In that instant, I realized the difference, at this particular time, between Bryant and James: Bryant is focused on championships — now No. 6 — and his legacy in being regarded as the greatest ever.

James, who is expected to make an announcement about his basketball future this week, is multifocused. He wants to be a billionaire, wants to be an icon like Muhammad Ali, and wants to win multiple championships.

We can debate the best player all day long, without either side making much progress in swaying the other.

But it’s clear that the longer it takes for this free agency drama to play out, the better it is for Kobe Bryant.

It’s all good for Bryant these days.

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178 Comments

  1. Meech says:

    WG

    Um you say I am hating but will not validate your point on how I am hating and if you did make millions (which I seriously doubt) still does not take a high IQ to make millions. All I said was MJ had a great team around him not like he played on a team full of Luke Waltons and Kwame Browns and won titles with them. He was still great because it takes greatness to win. but at the same time Jordan played in an era where no one was even withing 100 yards of his skill level, or popularity. Lebron, Wade, Kobe are the 3 best players in the league talent wise and are pretty close in talent which Jordan never faced anyone close to his equal. I respected MJs game very much because he knew how to win with a great team around him unlike some stars (LBJ comes to mind) who have a great team and expectations and just cant get it done. But please tell me how am I hating on you obvious boyfriend Jordan? I am a Jordan fan by the way but I am a basketball fan and been around long enough to watch 3 decades of basketball. And I know that in the 90s there was no team even close to as good as the bulls (while MJ was on the team) the Jazz were decent in the west but not close to the talent that MJ was or had on his team

  2. embeep24 says:

    hey karen ur ryt,i love ur comments,….

  3. embeep24 says:

    ur ryt cord,..shut ur mouth laker/kobe haters,ur all hate kobe bcause kobe beat ur teams,.

  4. embeep24 says:

    hey spursnation,.kobe did not step when shaq is out??i think youre not watching the games,.Kobe made a run when shaq is fouled out,.kobe answer what reggie miller makes,.and they won that night baby,.think twice before you speak,.idiot…

  5. WG says:

    MEECH,

    My point was made clear, your just talking BS

    YOU ARE THE HATER EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT

    One of those Retarded Lakers Fan….

    Do what you do best…………HATE

    Guess I’ll get back to making millions with my low IQ meech

    Take care ‘Buddy”

  6. Scott Printz says:

    To the jagoff “Sphinx” who said the refs gave the Lakers game seven because they didn’t have the heart: get your head out of your anus and face facts. The Lakers weren’t given anything, the Celtics fouled. They fouled because the Lakers drove it down their throat and they were too tired to move their feet. Face the facts, loser, or you just come off like another paranoid
    Chowd.

  7. Meech says:

    WG
    Not hating on Jordan at all but Kobe never ever had a roster that jordan had get it right dude ur IQ is horrible. When Jordan retired after 93 the bulls won Like 55 games and made it to the conference finals and the season after that they lost ib the play offs with jordan on the team. Please explain to me this great roster that Kobe has now? Fisher starting PG … John paxon and BJ Armstrong were much better. Bynum?? Cartwright and Longley were better and more consistant, Gasol? He has great offense but no were near the defense and rebounding abilities of Rodman who was the top rebounder in the league for those 3 years. Gasol is not even top 10. Artest/Ariza? Pippen was double the player they were if u combined them together and allstar every year and one of the 50 greatest players of alltime. The only 2 players that are comparable would be Kobe and Jordan on those teams… and also Bird, Magic, Isaiah did not pkay in the 90s while Jordan reigned. So u think Barkley is as good as or dominant as Lebron, Wade, or even Carmelo and D Howard dude please. not taking anything from MJ he did his thing in the 90s was loved by everyone including refs. U coukd not breathe on him without a foul being called much like Lebron now. I like Lebron too and they both get hacked at times but Lebrons everytime he puts his head down he is getting a foul called is ridiculous. So go back and observe the 80s then 90s and then 2000s then comment when u are smart enough to realize the talent MJ had during the 90s on his team

    • Air Time! says:

      Yo Meech,
      The ’94 Bulls were able to reach the conference finals because of the mentoring of MJ. They are well taught by MJ. That’s what separate MJ to KB. Admit it!

      Comparing of the rosters? You admitted MJ’s team are much better than KB’s. Then you indirectly admitted that MJ had a profound skill as a player than KB, on or off the court. He makes everybody better in his team. He’s a leader beyond reach by KB. So, if stats are to be ignored then KB is flat.

      Scottie Pippen was mentored and taught well by MJ. They played one-on-one i

  8. WG says:

    MEECH,
    You are the biggest hater, obviously your not giving credit where due to Jordan by saying he couldn’t win in his prime.
    His prime was when he starting winning. A players prime is usually considered in his late 20′s
    Kobe needed Shaq to win, only now he has won being the lead man, In HIS PRIME. Aside from the fact Kobe needed another 4 all star caliber players to do so.
    When he had a similar roster to Jordan Kobe didnt make the playoffs, remember that
    Jordan and Wade are class acts, Kobe is a baby who started demanding trades when things weren’t going his way because of his play.
    Who would know the biggest ballhog in the game would get so much love?

    STOP COMPARING JORDAN TO KOBE……you are simply showing how low your IQ is
    My agruement is that if you were to surround ANY star with the roster Kobe has, They would achieve the same results.

    Kobe is no better than WADE, JAMES
    or Duncan, O’Neal, Garnett, Iverson in their prime.

    Jordan played in a weak leaugue?
    Didn’t realise that Barkley, Malone, Olajuwon, Robinson, Ewing, Drexler, Bird, Magic, I.Thomas, D.Wilkins, Stockton and the list goes on were considered weak????

    Again displaying your high IQs right??

  9. Meech says:

    Jordan was great definitely one of the greatest to play but its funny to me how he himself could not win when Magic, Bird, and Isaiah Thomas, were all in their prime with great teams around them. Look at every championship team from the 80s their benches would be starters for the bad teams of the 80s. Then look at the 90s Jordan reigned supreme because there was no one even close to his talent and killer instinct. Just like a post I read higher up Jordan never ever faced a team in the play offs let alone the finals as tough as the 08 Celtics or the 10 Celtics for that matter. Not in the 90s he did face them in the 80s but they were the Detroit Pistons.

  10. Cord says:

    For all You Fools Who say Kobe Isnt the Best Player in The world/NBA Are Stupid. He is unstopable. And for all u saying that the refs gave the lakers the championship your fools as well.its part of the damm game get over it its not the lakers fault that celtics cant shoot freethrows. oh and by the way when tmac signs with the lakers this year watchout maybe new regular season record? ugh ohh and for those saying kobe needs to work on his shooting your stupid the only player who can play with a broken finger and other injuries everynight and still dominate the game in everyway so why dont all you shut up the only players that need to step their game up is the rest of the nba to catch up to kobes level

  11. Karen says:

    Shaq needed Kobe to win 3 championships as much as Kobe needed Shaq, Horry, Fox, Shaw, Fish, etc. But, as much as I dislike Shaq as a person and player, he was a leader back then. Now, Kobe has emerged as a leader. something Lebron is not. A true MVP is someone that has an impact on the performance of his teammates and encourages them to be better, even in the toughest situations. Kobe is sooo great that he make others around him good. That is what it takes to win, to motivate others with the same drive and desire. Gasol has completely turned into a good player, by letting Kobe mentor him. How about Ron Artest? when you see a person that has a troubled past just like Ron Ron, you really have to admire how Kobe changes others around him with the determination to win.

    This is where Kobe gets robbed every single year, he doesn’t get the season’s MVP when he mostly deserves it. Yet, he proves that is the ultimate MVP by obtaining the Finals MVP, which is what counts the most. If the sports writers would get it right, Kobe would have about 5 regular season MVPs by now. That is the proof that they always hate on him and don’t give him credit when credit is due. Same people here envying Kobe’s success, I love haters, and I love it more when Kobe always comes out on top.

  12. razor says:

    jordan played in a very weak league against craig ehlo, byron russell, john starks,….. kobe plays in a league with lebron, dwade,mcgrady,vince carter,carmelo,paul pierrce, joe johnson, dirk,jason richardson, and so on…. best althelic in the league in jordan’s days scottie pippen ………….. kobe its is all good…… you are the best….. dwade is 2nd …. lebron is scottie pippen he would be a great side kick for kobe or wade …………

    • YEH BOY says:

      oh come on …jordan was up against bird, magic, drexler, karl malone and stockton, barkley, hakeem, ewing, isiah and plenty more greats. from the mid 80s and 90s was a very tough league

  13. Meech says:

    @ WG u are one of the type of haters everyone is talking about.

    Its your opinion but honestly skill wise there is not a full 10 players in league history that is better than Kobe let alone 10 players that are pkaying today. U are just a hater. When growing up i didnt like MJ and he too was hated on but i never said something as idiotic as saying he was not in the top 10 and this was before he even won any rings. Wade is a great player and pretty close to Kobe but still has a ways to go

  14. WG says:

    WADE WAY BTTER THAN KOBE

    No Comparision to MJ

    I wouldn’t put Kobe in my top ten all time.

  15. Meech says:

    @ detruth
    Actually Kobe needs 6 more to tie bill Russell but lets get real Bill Russell won when it was like 12 teams in the NBA ki.da easy to dominate. Also Gasol won the title? Are u serious? Gasol was an ok player before he teamed with Kobe next thing u know he is getting roles on CSI. Every one has bad games even MJ did. To everyone saying Kobe cant win with mediocre players???? First of all… who can? Shaq needed Kobe as well as Horry, Shaw, Fox, Harper and all of those great role players to win those 3 championships. Shaq cant win without some of Kobes caliber. (Wade is damn close) but Kobe won with a broke down center and so many inconsistant players and no serious 3 point threat shooters which all of the previous champs always had

  16. GJCHAN says:

    Thank you Sekou, I am so, so tired about hearing about LeBron more than ANY of the other free agency guys. When will this end? LeBron loves the attention and will drag it out for as long as he can. I mean EVERY person in the media and TV in general is using LeBron to get ratings. Beleive me , we as viewers are sick of this mess and refuse to watch it. It. I will turn it the minute I hear his name (LeBron) mentioned.

    I have been watching HGTV and the food network channels.

    Kobe is the best player in the NBA period!!!! 5 championships and counting.
    LeBron is a good player that is trying to get where Kobe is at in his game now, period!! 0 championship.

    You can see who’s the best players, no questions asked.

  17. DeTruth says:

    Pau Gasol won it for the Lakers this year if anyone did . I actually remember Pau Gasol and Ron Artest winning 2 games in the last moments for the Lakers, not the great Kobe Bryant. He was shut down, but when they win he gets all the credit??? Is this the best we can do for sports stories is count rings? Doesn’t he need 11 to tie Bill Russell?

    Never be the best – NO SPORTMANSHIP and just an MJ clone. The best are always true originals….

  18. Hugh Book says:

    It is not amazing, nor is it surprising to see how folks would fail to answer to a question that is very well written only because they like Lebron James and they hate Kobe Bryant. Totally, most of you folks went off the true sense of the question, by starting to answer otherwise. However, just for the sake of the argument I would like to say this; I like Lebron James, he is a hake of a good player and because he is the only one competing against Kobe. With that said, but it is without the doubt that Sekou Smith’s statement is a 100 % pure right! Every NBA team as of now is getting organized to go against whom? Is it Lebron James or D Wade? Of course you people know the correct answer, but I don’t trust you folks no more, so I have to say the right answer because if I don’t you people gone go off the topic AGAIN. THEY ARE GETTING THEIR WEAPONS READY TO GO AGAINST THE LAKERS AND KOBE BRYANT. There was one thing that did not quite get, so allow me to ask. People were going off Kobe as if it was Lebron he was facing in the finals, now are you people Boston fans or you are just Kobe haters, but Lebron James fans. lol

  19. cjt productions says:

    Kobe — then wade — then lebron…… Lebron is the seasons mvp……hes a beast but all that joking and dancing comes back to bite him every year —entertainment or ring wats more important……. kobe dances at the after championship party….. Stop the hating and acknowledge greatness….kobe beastmode….

  20. Izzy says:

    Excellent, well put, article Sekou! this reinforces what every sane minded individual has been thinking since the start of this whole Lebron fellatio fest. If anyone deserves a “billion dollar contract” (i.e. The Knicks offer to Lebron which includes salary + marketing promises, etc.) it’s Kobe that deserves it!

  21. putang ina nyo!! says:

    LBJ u need to win a championship to prove ur a best ! but even u combined with ur aka superfriends wade & bosh i dont think ur gonna win a championship . Still kobe’s time for atleast five more years ! GO LAKERS!!

  22. marc j says:

    HEY GUYS I LIKE ALL THE NBA TALK REALLY ITS KOO BUT Y R WE TALKING ABOUT LEBRON WAYDE AND BOSH CANT YOU C THE TITLE ALL GOOD FOR KOBE NOT ANYONE ELSE LOL AND STOP ALL THE KOBE AND JORDAN COMPARISON FOR 1 IF KOBE WAS BEFORE JORDAN EVERYONE WOULD SAY KOBE IS BETTER BECAUSE JORDAN WOULD HAVE TO LIVE UP TO WAT KOBE DID….2 CHECK ALL KOBE..JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS KOBE ALWAYS HAD AN ELITE DEFENDER ON HIM I CANT SAY THE SAME FOR JORDAN…..3 OUR ERA TODAY IS MUCH MORE DOMINANT THAN THE PAST NO DISRESPECT TO THOSE IN PAST BUT HONESTLY ANY STAR U LOOK AT IN PASS THERE IS SOMEONE NOW BUT BETTER INSTANCE JORDAN U HAVE KOBE…MAGIC U HAVE LEBRON…CARL MALONE U HAVE DUNCAN SO STOP WTH EVERYONE ELSE AND REMEMBER KOBE HAS IT GOOD LEBRON AINT GOT NO TYPE OF VOUCHER SAYIN CHAMPION SO FOR ALL WHO SAY OH KOBE AINT BETTER THAN JORDAN BECAUSE OF CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN THAT MEANS LEBRON AINT BETTER THAN KOBE FOR SAME REASON AND TO BE HONEST IF THATS THE CASE THEN BILL RUSSEL WOULD BE THE BEST 11 CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT IS HE REALLY THINK ABOUT IT AND STOP HATIN

  23. marc j says:

    HEY GUYS I LIKE ALL THE NBA TALK REALLY ITS KOO BUT Y R WE TALKING ABOUT LEBRON WAYDE AND BOSH CANT YOU C THE TITLE ALL GOOD FOR KOBE NOT ANYONE ELSE LOL AND STOP ALL THE KOBE AND JORDAN COMPARISON FOR 1 IF KOBE WAS BEFORE JORDAN EVERYONE WOULD SAY KOBE IS BETTER BECAUSE JORDAN WOULD HAVE TO LIVE UP TO WAT KOBE DID….2 CHECK ALL KOBE..JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS KOBE ALWAYS HAD AN ELITE DEFENDER ON HIM I CANT SAY THE SAME FOR JORDAN…..3 OUR ERA TODAY IS MUCH MORE DOMINANT THAN THE PAST NO DISRESPECT TO THOSE IN PAST BUT HONESTLY ANY STAR U LOOK AT IN PASS THERE IS SOMEONE NOW BUT BETTER INSTANCE JORDAN U HAVE KOBE…MAGIC U HAVE LEBRON…CARL MALONE U HAVE DUNCAN SO STOP WTH EVERYONE ELSE AND REMEMBER KOBE HAS IT GOOD LEBRON AINT GOT NO TYPE OF VOUCHER SAYIN CHAMPION SO FOR ALL WHO SAY OH KOBE AINT BETTER THAN JORDAN BECAUSE OF CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN THAT MEANS LEBRON AINT BETTER THAN KOBE FOR SAME REASON AND TO BE HONEST IF THATS THE CASE THEN BILL RUSSEL WOULD BE THE BEST 11 CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT IS HE REALLY THINK ABOUT IT AND STOP HATIN

  24. DARIN B says:

    For anyone out there still even debating whether Labron James is a “better basketball player” than Kobe Bryant I feel sorry for them really. While Labron has youth and god given physical advantages over anyone including Bryant he still lacks that drive, focus and killer instinct that Kobe does. Thus, Kobe remains the best player in the game and he has the hardware to prove my case. Kobe has an opportunity to eclipse Michael Jordan as well but he will need to win 2 more titles to make that claim. He is well on his way to doing that after signing his most recent contract extension. I hope he does it.

  25. YEH BOY says:

    and also….lebrons day will come and he will get a few rings. but this will happen once kobes retired.

  26. YEH BOY says:

    i love reading these things and value most opinions…. but i have to say that its stupid when haters say “KOBE SHOULD ONLY HAVE 2 RINGS COS SHAQ GAVE HIM THE OTHER 3″ that is a load of poo haha… yeh i agree MJ was the best when he played (with the bulls) but he had scottie pippen!! ALL superstars with their numers of rings had help. MJ had the best help in pippen. i dont think he would have won ANY of his rings without pip. yeh mj played a huge part in the 90s bulls team, but lets just remeber pippen when MJ left the bulls… he won the allstar game MVP in ’94, should have won the league MVP that year, and should had won game 7 in the playoffs against the knicks, which would have easily ment pippen had taken the bulls into the finals without MJ. and all this after Patrick Ewing said “now that MJ has gone, the bulls won’t even make the playoffs”. also scottie lead portland to game 7 in the 2000 conference finals but obviously lost the lakers.

    what im trying to say is, yeah MJ was amazing, but he had great help in pippen. so why diss kobes first 3 rings cos of help from shaq??

    now this will really piss of laker haters and jordan lovers…but the past 2 years that kobe has won his 4th and 5th…no other star in the NBA could have achieved that if they had taken kobes spot. this goes out to the person who said “IF U PUT LEBRON IN LA AND TAKE OUT KOBE, LBJ WOULD OF HAD HIS 1ST RING COS OF THE SUPPORTING CAST” …thats is a load of bull! also to all the people who cry about the cavs not having a supporting cast.

    now put gasol, odam, fisher and ron anywhere else….there not going to be the stars of that team. but if u a young SHAQ on another team, a 1980s kareem on another team, a 1990s pippen out of chicago…there going to be superstarts of that team.

    Kobe deserves all of his rings, and no disrespect to the other lakers, but kobe worked his butt off these past 2 years to get his 4th and 5th ring WITHOUT any other legends and major superstarts.

    SO LBJ FANS, QUIT CRYING ABOUT THE REST OF UR CAVS, THE KING HAD SOOO MUCH SUPPORT, INCLUDING A MEMBER OF THE TOP 50 PLAYERS AND STILL COULDNT ACHIEVE A RING. NO EXCUSE.

  27. Paul says:

    No one can compared to kobe bec its all good for kobe WHY? bec…
    HE IS THE BEST!

  28. mike says:

    Kobe is always compared WITH jordan, labron is always compared to kobe… so what does that tell ya?

  29. darrell harwell says:

    If you logically think about this free agency and a slim possibility of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh teaming up, would that NOT tarnish the feat of winning a championship? Would that be a championship to be proud of? Kinda like Batman, Aquaman, and the Flash teaming up to beat Superman and the Wonder Twins. What a joke.

  30. fcol95* says:

    well said sekou, kobe should can be calm during the storm because the lakers are stll the champs and his still the finals mvp and the best player.

  31. I gotta feeling, that lakers gonna win again, again n again under master of zen i gotta feeling, that Lebron gonna to to new joysey and lose again n again chasing kobe woooooooo hhhooooooooooooooooo

    LeBron catch up to Kobe!HA ,gotta catch Adam Morrison first!

  32. Justin says:

    Kobe Haters won’t ever go away Listen Ya’ll the idiots that put the win 1 without Shaq BS out there Kobe won 2. Now its the refs helped us be that as it may would we be singing the same song had Boston won the chip though the refs cheated for them in Game 4&5. We didn’t complain did we NOOOO!!!!!!!! Did Phil Jackson send tapes of Rondo running amok with all that hacking NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! But Doc Rivers sure as hell sent tapes of accused “Moving screens.” What did we do we won in 7 so simple as serve and Volley Kobe is the Guy like it or not and if ya’ll Lord and Savior LeBroad don’t ever win one mark my words he will go down in History as Karl Malone

  33. gabriel zarate says:

    okay… lets just face it. the finals game between boston and LA. kobe play terrible.ron artest did great tht game.so i dont know why kobe was proud of his performance…

  34. bootleg says:

    people who think kobe is better than mj…mj NEVER lost in the finals…6-0…whereas kobe lost twice, against teams that arguably should have lost to the lakers

    • gabriel zarate says:

      MJ is way better than kobe. in my opinion, there is no comparison. MJ is so much more versitile then kobe. so yes MJ is better..

  35. zandro says:

    Every body is talking about free agency……what team will Lebron end up to?…. Have you guys Notice orTry to analyze what Lebron do in Cleveland or how he approach and play the games. Always in running, running and running. Running game, fast-break, Assisting, dunking…he just simply showing his skill’s and i think every body in the league has it also his type of skill…he not on the level of maturity (mentally)!!! shocking when they meet boston a defensive team and know’s better the game.THEY LOST they don’t know how to approach and solve the puzzle. It is every important to play the game in high mental level.

    Suggestion if cleveland wants to have a CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY replace these point guards….:) find a guard that can play half court and priorities on passing the ball….::)

  36. zandro says:

    In the world of basketball there is only one reality!! See it like this…..”GREAT COACHES HAS GREAT PLAYERS” “BEST PLAYER HAD A BEST MENTOR” In Short Reflection of ones greatness… great coach knows how to solve the puzzled, know’s every resume of its player and love to get the job Done! Winning a “Championship”. and Only one Team had it THE LAKERS.

    Playing basketball Today i think its the hardiest or i would rather say its more competitive than in jordan or magic era especially the Adaptation of international rules make the game more interesting. Playing zone!! woa its a nightmare to a great scorer!!…:)

  37. Paul says:

    i think lebron should stop dancing at the court. Kobe is the best!

  38. George says:

    for anyone that says any of the “big 3″ free agents are better then kobe i have this too say, Adam Morrison has 2 championships the combined “big 3″ has one courtesy of d wade so before they go aiming for kobe they gotta catch up to Morrisons titles ;)

  39. Spursnation says:

    No offense, but any ring count of Kobe’s takes a -3 for the Shaq years as he was not the focus of the team during that period. Kobe never stepped up when Shaq was out and he ran Shaq outta town. If he let the big guy stay, he would have 5 more titles

    • Queiros says:

      For one, I recall a game in the play-off where Shaq fouled out and Kobe carried the team. Second of all, you still have that D-Fish’s dagger stuck, right? (yeah, the 0.4 shot)…

      And third, the most important, if you say that, and as great as MJ was, his count should be what? – 6? Tell me if there is someone in the Lakers who would be an All-Star MVP if Kobe retired for a couple of seasons. My point is that MJ was the best in HIS generation while Kobe is the best in HIS generation. But don’t go the “Shaq was there” route because Kobe has won two titles without a legit superstar next to him. Gasol is a great player but not exactly a “superstar”. MJ had Pippen.

      Sekou is dead on: right now, it’s all good for Kobe Bryant

  40. D'z. says:

    After reading this article, (great stuff btw Sekou) as well as reading the comments, to me it seems that most NBA fans, or maybe just basketball fans in general do not know their history that much. (Or it could be that most on this page are under 15 years old and just love dunks, but hey, I was the same). Kudos to those that do as I can see it showing in their comments.

    If you look up all the outstanding players of all eras in the NBA, dating way back to the leagues inception, every generation an absolutely era defining player emerges. The thing that links all of these players together, is multiple championships (talking 4 and up). There have been so many excellent players throughout the years, but these few I consider “defining” and “Winners”.

    -George Mikan, considered the first ever dominant player in the NBA/BAA led the Minneapolis Lakers to 5 championships.
    -The generation after had probably the greatest “winner” ever to play ball in Bill Russel lead the Celtics to 11 championships in a run that went 12 years, absolutely insane, considering he was up against the best scorer ever to play in Wilt Chamberlain (The first Kobe/LeBron if you will).
    -The trend continues, with one of the best eras in the late 70′s/ early 80′s having Magic Johnson come along and totally redefine what a point guard is, and Larry Bird, providing a rivalry that probably wont be replicated for a long time. You see what I’m getting at here. Every generation comes a defining player who keeps winning.

    Of course the trend continues with Jordan, who I do consider the best to play the game so far. (I’m sure we will eventually see someone better)

    Now, we have Kobe Bryant. He is the “winner” of this generation. The main reason he gets all the crap that he does is because Jordan single handily created a whole new generation of fans. Even if they had never even shot a basketball before, they knew who Michael Jordan was and that he was the best. These people and their children now make up a large percentage of NBA fans, who are so attached to Jordan they cannot stand that someone plays just like him. They see it as “Kobe wants to be Mike, he’s fake, a wannabe, etc”. Face up to it, Kobe is the best player the league has seen since Jordan left. He is the “Winner”. There have been many players, who were playing catch up to the respective winners of their generation. Wilt was playing catch up to Russell, Bird tried to catch up with Magic, Jordan had pretty much everyone in the league trying to catch up with him, (If you had to narrow it down to one, I guess it would be Sir Charles), and now LeBron is playing catch up to Kobe. If history serves us right, the one catching up never quite gets there. He may get a few, but he will never go down as better.

    Now please don’t get it twisted, I am not dogging any of the great players who have won as well, or have played the game at its highest level (Wilt, Charles, etc). But as good as your stats are, as many MVP’s you win (absolutely politically ridden award btw), how many scoring titles or Defensive POTY awards you win, if you don’t have that big Gold ball in your hands come June, you cannot be considered one of the greats. Bottom line.

  41. Addict911 says:

    kobe is better than lebron and the reason is simple kobe worked hard when kobe was a rookie he was a nobody he built his reputation as the greates player in the world lebron on the other hand got his reputation when he was drafted to cleavland he was immediatley a starter,the focal point of their offense kobe had to play second fiddle to many other players b4 becoming well KOBE!

  42. Lakers Abe says:

    If LBJ wants it all he has to do is get to the NBA Finals and try and take it from KOBE. To LBJ: haha GOODLUCK

  43. Lakers Abe says:

    I believe the Moral of the story is FOCUS. Only the best of the best have what it takes and that really boils down to who is more FOCUSED. Talent, athleticism, skill will bring one there but it takes a certain degree of undeniable focus to surpass the rest. MJ had it, Tiger needs to get it back, Nadal just proved he’s got it and KOBE….Well we all know about Kobe. He’s got 5 rings that are really really heavy. FOCUS

  44. embeep24 says:

    THUS ANYONE CAN WIN A TITLE WITHOUT THE HELP OF ANYONE,.???YOU MAKE ME SICK,.LEBRON IS GREAT,BUT TRUST ME,HE CAN NEVER WIN A TITLE,NOT A SINGLE ONE,.ILL PROMISE,.

  45. embeep24 says:

    thoselaker and kobe haters are sucks,.thing this,.CAN JORDAN WIN A TITLE ALL BY HIMSELF??ANSWER THAT..

  46. Karen says:

    This is what differentiates Kobe Bryant and Lebron James:

    IN CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!!

    Game 5: Celtics vs. Cavs Celtics won 120-88
    Lebron’s stats:
    Total Points: 15
    Minutes: 41:40
    FGM-A: 3-14
    Field goal %: 21.4%
    Free-throws made-Attempted: 9-12
    Assists: 7
    Rebs: 6

    9 of Lebron’s 15 total points came off of free-throws. Most people were making excuses for his horrible performance, such as: that he was not trying because he was leaving Cleveland. In a crucial game 5 that was the turn-around of the entire series, Lebron failed. A true champion NEVER gives up on his team, no matter how his team is playing. Especially, playing at home in front of your home crowd.

    Game 5: Celtics vs. Lakers Celtics won 92-86

    IN BOSTON!!!!
    Kobe’s stats:
    Total Points: 38
    Minutes: 43:53
    FGM-A: 13-27
    Field goal %: 48%
    Free-throws made-Attempted: 8-9
    Assists: 4
    Rebs: 5

    In one of the most important game of the series, Kobe Bryant exploded with a dramatic performance in an attempt to save his team from going down 3-2 in the Finals. When the team was playing at its worst, Kobe carried them on his back. Kobe’s determination and motivation to win intimidated Doc Rivers and the Celtics. If Kobe would’ve given up on his team, they maybe would’ve been routed by the Celtics, and could have possibly lost the series like the Cavs did. Yet, Kobe did NOT GIVE UP, making one impossible shot, after another. Coach Rivers said that “he was making tough shots” and the Celtics ‘defense, being one of the best in the league, was not stopping him. Therefore, Kobe NEVER gave up, playing in the same arena that witnessed their cruel defeat in 2008. And in gratitude, the entire Laker team carried him on their backs in game 7, as he led by example by having their backs in many tough games. As an NBA fan, I’ve never seen a player with Kobe’s motivation, determination, and desire to rise to the top and actually achieving it (except Jordan). This is what makes him a true champion, that he rises to the top in the toughest times, making others envy his accomplishments. That is what differentiates Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, 5 championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP, and an all-around leadership in the toughest games. Kobe is, and has been, the greatest player in the NBA this decade, and one of the best all-time. Kobe is the reigning king of the NBA, until him and the Lakers are dethroned.

  47. Karen says:

    This is what differentiates Kobe Bryant and Lebron James:

    IN CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!!

    Game 5: Celtics vs. Cavs Celtics won 120-88
    Lebron’s stats:
    Total Points: 15
    Minutes: 41:40
    FGM-A: 3-14
    Field goal %: 21.4%
    Free-throws made-Attempted: 9-12
    Assists: 7
    Rebs: 6

    9 of Lebron’s 15 total points came off of free-throws. Most people were making excuses for his horrible performance, such as: that he was not trying because he was leaving Cleveland. In a crucial game 5 that was the turn-around of the entire series, Lebron failed. A true champion NEVER gives up on his team, no matter how his team is playing. Especially, playing at home in front of your home crowd.

    Game 6: Celtics vs. Lakers Celtics won 92-86

    IN BOSTON!!!!
    Kobe’s stats:
    Total Points: 38
    Minutes: 43:53
    FGM-A: 13-27
    Field goal %: 48%
    Free-throws made-Attempted: 8-9
    Assists: 4
    Rebs: 5

    In one of the most important game of the series, Kobe Bryant exploded with a dramatic performance in an attempt to save his team from going down 3-2 in the Finals. When the team was playing at its worst, Kobe carried them on his back. Kobe’s determination and motivation to win intimidated Doc Rivers and the Celtics. If Kobe wouldn’t have done this for his team, they maybe would’ve being routed by the Celtics, and possibly lost the series. Yet, Kobe made one impossible shot, after another, making coach Rivers say that “he was making tough shots”. However, Kobe NEVER gave up, playing in the same arena that witnessed their cruel defeat in 2008. And in gratitude, the entire Laker team carried him on their backs in game 7, as he led by example by having their backs in the toughest games. As an NBA fan, I’ve never seen a player with Kobe’s motivation, determination, and desire to rise to the top. This is what makes him a true champion, that he rises to the top in the toughest times, making others envy his accomplishments. That is what differentiates Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, 5 championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP, and an all-around leadership in the toughest games.

  48. CoachTheGame says:

    It’s all good for Kobe these days. He won his fifth championship ring, the lakers core players of Gasol,Bynum,and Artest are signed for 2yrs, and Phil Jackson is returning for 1 more title run. The longer Lebron’s future remains in limbo, the more NBA fans should appreciate the greatness that is Kobe Byrant. It truly is All Good For Kobe.

  49. Karen says:

    Couldn’t say it better, Sekou!!!
    I’m glad someone finally makes sense. This whole free agent frenzy just confirms what I have THOUGHT all along….that Lebron James is the most overrated player in the NBA. That guy has been given by the Cavs all the help he has requested, yet has failed to win! They added enough “help” for Lebron like: Shaq, Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, etc. The Cavs were the favorites this season because of their talent, and their season record. They breezed past their first opponents in the first and second rounds.

    However, when they saw a big challenge ahead from the Celtics, Lebron failed to be a true leader. Instead, he gave up and so did his team. I do not deny that he has done wonderful things for the Cleveland Cavs, but every year is the same thing. He leads his team to the best record or one of the best records in the NBA, and then doesn’t deliver at the end. Yet, he is still treated like he is as great as Kobe or even MJ. Lebron will never win if he continues his self-fishness, just like Kobe never won when he was self-fish. Lebron is all about individual NUMBERS and STATS. He should learn this from the Celtics: INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS WIN GAMES, TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    Kobe has developed into a true leader, and his greatness was seen in game 7 of championship game against the Celtics. Kobe was shooting horribly, yet still managed to get 13+ rebounds and hustle on defense, and helped the team in every way he could, Kobe’s team was down, yet he kept fighting, and the team followed his example. In the last 3 minutes of game 7, Kobe was a true champion, his determination was huge. Second by second he fought hard and motivated his team, that is why his teammates stepped up. Everyone can talk all they want, at the end of day, it’s not about numbers, but about championships, which Lebron still does not have. Until Lebron proves he can be a champ, then they can talk about him being as great as Kobe or MJ.

  50. Troy Pace says:

    What is wrong with you LeQueen James fans? When the Cavs had the best record in the NBA they were the best team in the NBA, they were going to the finals, yada yada yada but as soon as they lose to boston it’s Lebron didn’t have a good team bs I don’t want to hear that crap. He had a good team he just choked like he always does in big games. Look 7 years not one ring and only been to the finals one time I don’t know about you but that don’t sound like a guy I would call the best player in the NBA. Kobe on the other hand has five rings so you can’t even compare the two and about the free agent crap if it takes lebron, wade and bosh to team up to beat the Lakers then what does that say about Kobe and the Lakers? All this hype about where is Lebron going to go when yet he still hasn’t proven he can win a championship or come close to it because if I recall the spurs swept them. Kobe is the best player in the nba and had been for many years,, I bet if you could ask the other nba players who they fear most it would be Kobe!

  51. Meech says:

    Once again to all the Kobe/Laker haters

    As another NBA season is now behind us and Kobe Bryant has picked up his fifth title, his place in history is up for debate. Bryant who was once the clear cut poster boy for the post Jordan era of the NBA, is now the most polarizing figure in all of sports. Millions of people love the Lakers star, and millions of people hate him, but every basketball fan has an opinion on Kobe and are pretty passionate about it. It has gotten to the point where when someone asks whether or not you are a Kobe fan, it almost defines you as a person. It’s like asking if you are a Democrat or a Republican. While trying to debate Bryant’s place among NBA greats, I was amazed by how many Bryant haters there were. The number of haters was so great that I didn’t even find it fair to throw them all into one group. So just to be fair, I broke the Kobe Bryant haters up into groups so they are easier to identify.
    When you ask most Kobe Haters (we will call them KH for short) to talk about Kobe, the first thing you will hear is, “he’s not Michael Jordan.” What exactly does that mean? Jordan is regarded as the greatest basketball player who ever lived – is not being better than him a bad thing? I wonder if I brought a 7’6” man into these peoples living room if the first words out there mouth be, “he isn’t the tallest man to ever live.” I’m guessing they would be thinking more along the lines of, I don’t know if he is the tallest person to ever live but he damn sure is tall, and if he isn’t the tallest person ever, he sure is close. Saying Bryant is no MJ really isn’t saying anything, its just ignoring who he is because of who he is not.
    Then there is the group of haters who always seem to think Kobe is the second best player in the league no matter what. Let this group tell it, Bryant has been the second best player in the NBA for over a decade, but the number 1 player changes every other year. Somehow the number 1 player always seems to fall down the list but Kobe just never moves up. There was the he’s not better than Iverson debate that lasted for a couple of years, then there was the he’s not better than Tracy McGrady campaign which was followed by he’s not better than Steve Nash era — hell even Chris Paul got his name mentioned for a year as the one guy in the NBA who is better than Kobe.This is the fan who has become a diehard Cavs fan out of nowhere. He is the same guy who years ago said that if Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady ever played with the best center in the NBA they would win a title too. His favorite line use to be “Kobe will never win without Shaq”, but he never seems to remember saying any of that. He often has a lot to say in the regular season, but not so much in the playoffs.
    Which then brings us to the group that we will just call “Mr. Unrealistic-Casual fan.” That’s the guy who watches about 10-15 basketball games a year, normally at a bar where he isn’t even paying attention and by the time the game is over, he is too drunk to even tell you what happened in the game. He is the guy who yells out “all I know is when Shaq left, Kobe couldn’t even get out of the first round.” It’s hard to really argue with him because he is right, that is all he knows. He never mentions that Kobe lost in the first round to a Suns team that had All Star Shawn Marion as the third option, while the Lakers third leading scorer was Brian Cook.
    The next type of KH, is “Mr. I-know-basketball-more-than-you.” He normally is the guy who played basketball in High School and may have even walked on at a D2 school. He now coaches kids basketball so he thinks he has this ability to understand the game that no one else does, and can see things that you cant see and no one else can explain. He is the guy who says Kobe just doesn’t make others better, he says things like, you have to take Steve Nash over Kobe or no one wants to play with Kobe because he’s too selfish. When you ask him to explain why Nash has played on some of the most talented teams in the NBA over the last decade and hasn’t won anything, he really can’t answer you. He says Kobe doesn’t make anyone better but can’t explain why three years ago no one wanted Pau Gasol but now everyone seems to think he is the best thing since sliced bread. Three years ago, no GM in their right mind would have traded Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, for Gasol and Odom, but for some reason this guy insists that Nash gets more out of his teammates then Kobe. This guy normally has a long list of players he would rather start a team with (Nash, Paul, LeBron, Dirk etc.) all of whom have never won anything even in college, but he can’t explain why because you just wouldn’t understand. When you ask him to name Bryant’s weakness, he gets frustrated trying to tell you, so he just tells you that you don’t understand the game like he does. Sounds pretty stupid, but who are you to argue? He does coach 6th graders. The more you listen to him, you can tell his hate for Kobe is deeply rooted. He secretly blames star players like Kobe for the reason his hoop dreams never panned out. If the star player on his college team had just passed more, coach could have seen all his talent. He will never tell anyone out loud, but in his heart he thinks he could have been better than Kobe if he was allowed to shoot more.
    The hardest guy to argue with is the history guy. He typically watches a lot of basketball and knows his stuff. He doesn’t like Kobe, but respects his game and as painful as it is to say, he will even admit that Kobe is the best player in the NBA today. He considers Kobe the best player of his generation, but will quickly tell you he is not one of the best ever. He will say Kobe is somewhere between 15th to 20th best player of all time. The problem with history guy is he can never name 15 players better than Kobe. He often starts reeling off names fast like Jordan, Magic, Bird, and Wilt. After spiting out four names really fast with ease, he throws out two more names, then just starts saying ridiculous things like Dr. J and Walt Frazier. In a last second effort to reach 10 players, he says George Mikan, even though not only has he never seen Mikan play, his father hasn’t either. He can never tell you who the remaining 7 to 8 players are who are better then Kobe but swears they exist he just can never think of them right now. While naming the greatest players of all time, he often changes the criteria for being great. He says Bill Russell has to be top 5 because its all about rings, then goes on to name a handful of players who he thinks are better then Kobe who combined have less rings than him. He always wants to point out that Kobe played with Shaq, but never wants to mention that Jordan, Bird, and Magic never won a title without another Hall of Fame player on their team. History guy knows his basketball, the only thing he doesn’t know is why Kobe isn’t one of the top players of all time.
    The most interesting of all the KH is hypocrite guy. He says one thing, but his hate for Kobe says another. He says he hates Kobe because he wants to be like Mike, but doesn’t even notice he is wearing a number 23 Cavs jersey. He says he can’t stand Kobe because he’s so arrogant, but his favorite player is a 25 year old who calls himself King and speaks in third person — all while inviting us to “witness his greatness.” He is always complaining that today’s players only care about money and don’t care about getting better, but for some reason hates the player who works hardest in the NBA. He is often screaming that Kobe can’t win a title on his own in one breath, and in the second breath screaming LeBron needs help. He says things like today’s players have no respect for the players of the past, then turns around and says Kobe steals players moves from the past. He hates Kobe so much that he doesn’t even realize that stuff he says makes no sense. He calls every Kobe fan he knows every time Kobe has a bad game to say “I told you so” but he is the hardest guy to find every time Kobe has great game or hit’s a game winning shot. He always says he can’t stand Kobe because he wants to be like Jordan, even though every Saturday he himself hit’s the park in his Jordan shoes, Jordan socks, Jordan shorts and Jordan shirt and never forgets his Jordan bag full of Gatorade. Hypocrite guy doesn’t even realize everyone wants to be like Jordan including himself, the only difference is Kobe is the only one willing to put in the same work Mike did.
    Last but not least is “Ms. I-can’t-stand-him.” This is the female who obviously used to date Bryant, if you didn’t know any better. She often says I can’t stand him with so much passion that you can tell it goes deeper than basketball. She has a long list of reasons she hates him, and not one of them has anything to do with basketball. She doesn’t even have a favorite basketball team, she just roots for whatever team is playing the Lakers. If you watched her throughout the playoffs you would think she was a Suns, Thunder, and Celtics fan her whole life. There really is no need to argue with her because all she ever says is “ I can’t stand him” and all you can really do is wonder, does she know him?
    Does every super star in sports have his/her group of haters? Yes, but hating Kobe has gone to a different level, it has taken on an art form. While millions of Americans will admit to being a Kobe hater, there are several hundred thousands of fans out there who don’t even know they are Kobe haters. The saying goes, “it’s lonely at the top,” or as Jay-Z once said, “you don’t even know me and you mad. How it feel to be a hater, now I know exactly how it feels to be a Laker.”

  52. magic fan21 says:

    people are saying that there isnt a team invovled in the free agent frenzy that could conted with the lakers but they are overlooking the teams there are currently 2 teams that i think could get 2 da finals by signing a couple of free agents those teams are the bulls that have one of the up and coming superstar in derrick rose and the clippers that i think already a playoff team with blake griffin joining them and if james decided to join them they would have enough talent to contend with the lakers and probably are good enough 2 win a title

  53. razor says:

    jordan played with pippen who was the best small forward in the game and rodman who was the best rebounder and defener in the game and the bulls always had one of the best shooters in the game…… kobe has nothing that you can call the best……… jordan was on a great team…… kobe is the team………..

    • bootleg says:

      kobe played with shaq for three of his five championships, and when he won without shaq he did have pau gasol who may not be the “best” power forward/center around but he sure is pretty freaking close and manages to somehow avoid foul trouble most of the time and hit some pretty tough jump shots. and lets not forget there’s derek fisher who rarely puts up huge numbers but almost always comes through in the clutch. kobe is not THE team. he’s shown before that he can lose even WITH a great team…i.e. shaq, fisher AND karl malone.

  54. Jer says:

    Kobe ,Jordon, People love them. Would You want you own son to be just like them ? Would you forgive you own son for cheating on his wife ? What a wonderful ROLE model they are FOR children to look up to.

  55. Jer says:

    80 plus year old man right index finger. Will it affect him ? Time will tell. Have you forgot him cheating on his wife. Your love of him allows you to over look that. Jordon, Tiger, also.

  56. ALBERTO says:

    KOBY MVP ALL DAY…………….GO ****LAKERS****

  57. CHUANITZ says:

    Mga uLoL,every one we know who is the best player in the nba kobe got 2 ring lebron got 2 mvp fpr season only but finals mvp no he’s looking forward for the the ring but he wants first to be billioners..one thing that i wanna said KOBE is great Lebron is nothing..

  58. FLipMAmBA says:

    ahah RUn ur Mouth LAker HAters The TropHy is already in Our Town back to back u can say Luck the first time but twice dam are u Serious.. the Point is BosTons is Done Period.. LEbron is All MOney talked Not a ChamPion People SAy Kobe is OnLy wiNNing Becuz he has Better Team than The Others Look Who had the beSt ReCord.. in Regular SeasOn Cleveland RIght.. LeBRon Just Donr HAve The PAssion Of a ChampIOn not Like Kobe always HungRy for VictoRy..

  59. wes says:

    jeff frist off theres a 24 second shot clock the only time kobe puts up a shot with a triple or double team is when theres 2 seconds left on the shot clock and if the defense shifts over to the side of the court that hes playing from that takes away a short pass and if he passes it across court to a shooter then by the time it gets in the shooters hands the shot clock will more than likly be at zero and the chances of a turn over are high esspecially with a rondo waiting on him to make that pass across court and when he gets tripled teamed or doubled team it makes the lakers the best rebounding teamn in the nba because now no one is on the weakside on defense to get a rebound and theres three players boxing out kobe now its a 4 on 2 rebound game and in my eyes thats a great shot

  60. julius says:

    Kobe… 5rings, can he be any better than that? yes, he is the best player on earth now.
    id like to add one more thing!
    Paul Pierce… He…. F**ked up the Celtics.
    Of course he can shoot and get the fouls but what else?
    what player cant score when teamates give aways so many shooting chances?
    He thinks he’s Kobe or better hahahahahaha gotta be joking me hahahahahaha.
    He’s way tooooo slow to guard lebron, Kobe and his D sucks becuz of his speed too!!
    He scores 3 or 5,6 point and let his man score 5point too. what’s the point?????
    KG and Ray Allen and Rondo did all the D and dirty works. well, nate robinson and big babe did good job too. but He is the reason Celtics lost at the final.
    Paul’s gotta go… i just cant take him anymore.
    why everybody says he is a superstar??? He is just an slow and old ball player!!!!! sight~

  61. ghfghfghfgh says:

    if only kobe has his finger fixed.. i bet he will get another ring.. but lookin at his injury.. its only going to get worse..

  62. Kobe for 6 says:

    pippin, rodman, kukoc, harper, kerr, longley …enough said!!!

    KOBE BRYANT> Sasha Vujacic > my dogs Sh** > james

  63. Ben says:

    Amen, brother! All those rings speak for themselves.

  64. Pytor says:

    TO laker HATERS saying that they don’t DESERVE the championship.. EAT your HEART OUT… basketball immortality for LOS ANGELES LAKERS ^_^ see yah next championship.. that is.. if your team will make it.. haha !

  65. ckidd2k5 says:

    kobe is the best player………………….. i think lebron will be one of the best players that ever played the game, he needs to win atleast three rings tho. Far as records tho, he will passed everyone. kevin durant is a beast also.

  66. KB@24 says:

    KOBE is the best player RIGHT NOW. And to those of you that are saying that the refs gave the championship to L.A, that aint true. THE OFFICIATING IN THE FINALS SUCKED ON BOTH SIDES, SO Id SAY IT WAS A FAIR SERIES.

  67. david payne says:

    this is the funniest stuff ever. people think lebron is better cause he can jump high and dunk and block people when they dont see him. and on the jordan part, he will always be considered the best cause he was the frist to do what he did, hell me and 4 of my buddies could have won a ring back when mj was winning them there was only a few good players. kobe won all 5 of his against other great teams and players. people obviously dont know a lot about basketball. kobe in anybody who knows basketball should know he has the best game ever easy, jordan would never have had the career he had if he had come out when kobe did to play against other good people. but no matter what anybody says about lebron or anybody esle. kobe is the best guy right now and ever

  68. gab says:

    let me tell you something guys you know why the celtics lose game 7? IT IS ALL BECAUSE THEY ARE OVER EMO!! look at baby davis instead of locking the lead and doing his job look what he did he makes faces he go for trash talks they are not acting like a champion.. and i despise the celts for that i lost thousands because of them!!
    and know for kobe i hate kobe for he is great!! but all i can say is that he makes impossible things to happen..
    and for that someone who tells that kobe shouyld pass the ball it is easy to tell than tyo do that man!! even lebron cant pass the ball with three persons guarding him look at the outcome the cavs lose to celts!!
    for all haters like me accept the fact, face the truth and live in the present for the future will be a new era..

  69. Zzanzabar says:

    So those of you who say that 3 of Kobe’s rings was because of Shaq and therefore don’t really count, must believe that ALL of Jordan’s rings don’t count because of Pippen, right? Because he never won a ring without him therefore Pippen was the real star? Yeah right!

  70. da bulls fan says:

    kobe will never be a jordan…never should be mentioned among the greats….MJ 4ever! kobe kobe….be happy you had better players around you to get those rings…wasn’t just you…you shouldn’t get all the credit….i give the laker girls more credit…jk haha shaq, artest, fisher, gasol, blah blah blah….deserve more credit

    bulls will be back to take it back…

  71. sphinx says:

    well, along with Sekou (what a stupid name) there’s David Stern whom both have grown to dislike ‘THE KING!’ but for what?. LeBron ain’t asking for this show stealing attention, i mean it’s not LeBron’s fault that he is more talked about & more exposed with popularity than any player in the history of the NBA. This is the reason why Kobe signed an extension early before the playoffs started — Kobe didn’t want to campaign himself and stress himself to be at the top of the market for free-agency against the king….because ‘the king’ will win this one also just like ‘the king’ beats out Kobe in career regular season head-2-head games. and yes! ‘bostonfan4life’ said it best ”someone is trying real hard to force fans to remember Kobe while the world anxiuosly awaits LeBron”. the bottom line is…..LeBron is the best all-around player and a dominant one too that the world has ever seen, and Kobe is just 6 foot 6 that gets a lot of help from officials when the game gets tough or when they’re ice cold — just like the finals. so what’s Sekou upset about, what’s bacon eating butt so worried about? LeBron won’t land on a powerhouse team…but he’ll make the team a powerful one. it’s simply not LeBron’s fault Sekou so go and rub some more bacon fat all over your body and then sit down on your big butt and type some more. LeBron’s is the most talked about NBA player on & off the court…..so why are you blaming him?.

    • batez says:

      Ummmmm If I can recall right Kobe has the top selling jersey in the NBA globally!! This isnt a popularity contest, but, I think the people buying those jersey might have something to say about your dumb comment.

      • sphinx says:

        the people buying those jerseys are actually getting them for FREE hahaha! cause they always advertising free KOBE BRYANT jerseys for FREE on NBA.com — my guess is that Kobe’s buying A LOT of his own tops and donating them to NBA.com to give ‘em away FOR FREE! LMFAO now

  72. pinoy says:

    MJ – greatest ever, nobody else

  73. DG says:

    kobe bryant just won a championship, he is the face of the nba right NOw of course fans are remembering him, he is on another level, hes been playing in june for 3 Years str8 Now and won 2! something that lebron is trying to do but he always seem to fail, thats why he wants to jump to another team, kobe stayed in LA and did it in LA!!!

  74. gabriel says:

    This is for the guy who posted that comment about Jordan never losing in the Finals. One Question… Can you honestly say that any team the Bulls faced during Jordan’s reign was superior to the 08 Celtics???

  75. hotkizzer says:

    its still a lakers celtics fight in the end.. :P

  76. FANATIC says:

    PUTTING JAMES,BOSH AND WADE NI ONE TEAM..MEANS THEY ARE NOT KOBE’S LEVEL IN INDIVIDUAL GAME…3 SUPERSTAR AGAINTS 1 WITH ONLY VERY TALENTED SUPPORTING CAST…
    A TEAM MUST NOT HAVE 3 TO 4 SUPERSTAR IN ORDER TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP… IT’S ALL ABOUT CHEMISTRY + RESPECT + DISCIPLINE + TEAMWORK……

  77. 123 says:

    i agree kobe is the great player but i dont think he is deserved to be MVP, i mean it should be ron artest or fisher because without these 2 guy dominated in the 4 quarter against the celtics the Lakers could have lost

  78. Jesse W says:

    I don’t have any dislike for LeBron and what he has accomplished. In fact, he is the best athlete in the game today. However, the difference between LeBron and Kobe is that Kobe is a proven winner. And until LeBron wins something other than regular season MYP, Kobe remains the Man. Say what you want about Kobe, his age, his bad finger, his lack of talent, his ugly car, his sunglasses he wears, and any other foolish thing that can be said – the bottom line is the man has five championships out of 7 finals in 14 years. Now you do the math. While I am no statistician (sp), I doubt that LeBron will compete in as many finals given the number of years he has already been in the league. That all of the free agents are hopping in and out of bed with teams suggests that championships are going to be far and few between the high number of free agents. And the Kobes of the world (incidentally, there is only) will continue to reign supreme in the NBA. For once it would be nice to just let Kobe be Kobe and recognize his greatness. Whether you like the man or not, you can’t take away his championships. Now all you haters can take that to the bank including critic Charles Barkley. who never won a NBA Championship.

  79. steve says:

    To those whining about the 4th qtr free throws, look a little deeper. Boston was fouling down the stretch to try and get back in the game. No question re-watch the 4th if you don’t believe it. PS – Kobe is the BEST finisher in the game and a lot of the time when he is taking shots over 2 or 3 defenders is when there’s a second left on the shot clock and the fact that he draws that much defence enables so many offensive rebounds for the other Lakers players to feed off. It doesn’t matter what I say on here anyway, like any champion athlete you either hate them or love them.

  80. afos2010 says:

    Everyone tries to compare Kobe and LBJ but there is no comparison. In the world of sports there is only one way to compare athletes and that is by championships. For years they have debated wheter Payton Manning is better then Tom Brady. The conclustion is that Tom has more Championship Rings so hes better. Payton has FOUR MVP’s and yet he is still no 2 when compared to Tom. You can say that Kobe won 3 of them becasue of Shaq, yea but also because of the other 3 players on the court. The same goes for Jordan and anyone else who won a ring, no one person can single handly win a game eventually they will need others to score and play deffense. The difference between Kobe and LBJ is simple Kobe wants it more. Not sayin that LBJ doesnt want it but he more focused on money and maket. Of course Kobe doesnt have to worry about that becuase he is in LA but still. Everyone makes excuses for LBJ sayin he isnt surrounded by as good players as Kobe. Lets face it his team was good enough to get him to the playoffs, comference finals and the NBA finals. Its not the team its the leader in LBJ that is not good enough as the leader in Kobe. As for comparing Kobe to Jordan. Jordan had great talent and skill but what set him apart from every other athlete is not anything he did off the court but what he did off. The shoe deal and how he made the Jordan brand is what set him apart. As far as talent and skill Kobe is one ring closer to Jordan.

  81. Q says:

    lebron can surpass kobe – still has a lot of time. hes never had good big man help like kobe but would still give it to kobe. Kobe is not close and never wil be to jordan – kobe shoots closer to 45% than 50% like jordan did and is historically average in the finals. jordan never had a big man that dominated.

  82. BostonFan4Life says:

    LA won the championship, and Kobe has five rings. Congrats, congrats. But really? What Kobe has to do with the free-agency frenzy is beyond me. He’s not a free agent is he? So why even try to compare, or pin these two against one another? I’ve always said, it’s a good thing these players in real life don’t listen to, or allow us fans to stir up these sickening “who’s better” wars. It’s simply silly, and a waste of time to say the least. EVERY player in the NBA is obviously good. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be where they are. Simple. Nothing you say can change it, or for that matter take anything away. So why is it bugging everyone to see where LeBron is going, or how long it takes him to go? To keep re-hashing the moment of LA winning the championship has nothing to do with the free agency. Sounds like someone is trying real hard to force fans to remember Kobe while we anxiously await LeBron.

  83. alfonso says:

    sorry KOBE has 5 rings……

  84. Dean says:

    …and just to respond to the other guy a few posts back…I will call Bill Russell the GREATEST of all time…because for a guy 6-9 to take it to Wilt on a continuous basis…that’s just ridiculous…and Wilt was always on the BETTER team. Russell had the same intestinal fortitude that MJ possessed during the Phil years…and what KOBE has possessed these last 2 years…there are your three GREATEST of ALL TIME!

  85. jblakers42 says:

    it’s funny how the tide changes, so much flip floppin

    now KOBE is the man, but all season long it was LEBRON, and I don’t wanna hear this stuff about CLEVELAND being a one man team because that aint gone cut it……

    GO LAKERS…BACK TO BACK…..

  86. Dean says:

    FIRST! KOBE ain’t afraid of nothin’! SECOND! Queen James is NOT MVP (no matter what the booty-smoochin’ writers and announcers think)! THIRD! Forget about D-Wade, Bosch and Queen James…ain’t gonna happen! Maybe when CP3 follows Coach Scott to Cleveland…maybe they can take a shot at the title again…MAYBE!

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST! The title was the LAKERS to win (or lose)! The refs tried to give it to Boston, but the Celts were too tired…bring a freash LAKERS and a fresh Celtics next year and we’re talkin’ SWEEP…LAKERS 4 Celtics !
    End of STORY!

  87. Jon says:

    man oh man. can i like comments on here hahahaha. i would have to say that kobe is the best picture of a person who knows what he wants and doesnt really care about what the perception of him is on the outside. he has 5 rings already wanting that 6th ring right after the parade in L.A. He knows what he wants and knows how to get it. He’s an honest person. There will always be haters when you are good at what you do and when you are trying to be only you. When that happens many people will hate you because those haters will be jealous of you. All these kobe haters are jealous and just scared that he is becoming the greatest in the game and is close to surpassing jordan. ok im done ha

    • da bulls fan says:

      never will happen….he can’t pass jordan….never will….and his teammates deserve the brush they painted of him being in that situation….he wouldn’t be who he is if it weren’t for his teammates…he wouldn’t be nada….jordan carried hes guys through thick and thin on the other hand

      MJ GREATEST NOW AND 4EVER

  88. THill says:

    Yeah, LBoogie needs to win championships to solidify is right as one of the greats, indeed. But Kobe still hasn’t one one by himself leading a team of mediocre teams. He’s always had at least one superstar big men. Lebron has had really no team to work with, especially given his diverse game. Once Lebron wins his first championhip, watch how many people migrate to Lebrons sailboat. And by the way, the reason why Kobe will always trail MJ as the G.O.A.T is the fact that MJ has “NEVER” lost a finals versus Kobe losing to the Celtics. Regardless though, Kobe is the man but wait until Lebron starts getting his hardware, I’d be hard pressed to see how many Kobe fans remain. Also, one more thing, people tend to forget that before last year, Kobe hadn’t won a championship in like seven years post Shaq until Pau Gasol came along. Now, what do you all have to say? Jordan only one like two games that was totally decided by him. Other than that, he shared the ball and others won the game for him, which is called team ball. MJ, G.O.A.T, period! Kobe is great but definitely not the greatest, especially since he hasn’t even won a Defensive Player of the Year. Now what?!?

    • MR WOW!! ARE YOU SERIOUS says:

      yea but alot of the greats haven’t won the DPOY award so what and mike isn’t the GOAT WTF WHY PPL KEEP SAYIN DAT? MIKE WAS THE BEST PLAYER OF HIS TIME BUT TO ACTUALLY CALL HIM THE GOAT IS BOGUS
      KOBE IS THE BEST NOW LBJ MIGHT BE THE BEST SOON IF DURANT, WADE ND OTHER SUPERSTARS DNT STEP UP ND WIN A TITLE B4 HIM(WADE ALREADY) BCUZ DURANT TEAM LOOKING GOOD ND REMEMBER DIS IS THE YOUNGEST TEAM DAT EVER PLAYED IN THE NBA POST SEASON SO LOOK OUT FOR DESES NIGZ…..
      BUT BACK TO THIS GOAT STUFF THERES NO GOAT PLAYER BCUZ EACH PLAYER HAS THERE SHARE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS DAT THEY DID DAT THE OTHER GREATS HASN’T DONE I MEAN WILT AVG THE MOST POINTS ND A REG SEASON ND THE MOST POINT’S SCORED IN A GAME(KOBE 2ND) ND HAVE ALOT OF REB TITLES BIG O WAS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE NBA HISTROY TO AVG AN TRIPLE DOUBLE(LBJ MIGHT DO IT) IN A SEASON ND STILL PUT UP GREAT STATS THROUGHT OUT HIS CAREER BUT HE ONLY HAS ONE MVP ND ONE TITLE BUT IF TITLES DNT MEAN NOTHIN DEEN WHY HE’S NOT CONSIDER BETTER THEN MIKE? BCUZ MIKE HAS MORE MVPS? I MEAN SINCE ALOT OF YALL LIKE TO LOOK AT STATS ALOT DEEN TELL ME THIS? IF YOU LOOK AT EACH OF DERE STATS WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD HAVE MORE MVP AWARDS(MJ OR BIG O) ND DNT SAY MIKE BCUZ EVERY KBH WOULD SAY LBJ SHOULD HAVE MORE BCUZ OF HIS STATS THE MVP AWARD IS NOTHIN BCUZ ALOT OF THE LEGENDS SHOULD HAVE MORE DEEN ALOT OF DESZ STARS NOW LIKE NASH SO END DAT ……DEEN WE HAVE MAGIC ND BIRD AND MANY MOOOORE LOL SO DERS ISN’T A GOAT JUST GREAT PLAYERS AND KOBE WILL BE ON THAT LIST BCUZ BILL RUSSEL IS RESPECTED FOR DOIN WHAT ALOT OF YALL SAID KOBE WAS DOIN IN THE 2000-02 3PEAT WITH SHAQ IDK RIDING HIM FOR RINGS IF YALL COULD LOOK PAST BILL FOR DAT (WHICH IN MY OPINION KOBE DID AS MUCH AS SHAQ DONE TO WIN DEM RINGS) YALL SHOULD LOOK PAST KOBE REAL TALK

    • lkrgrl01 says:

      To say that LeBron cant win without superstar players is ridiculous! Didnt they acquire Shaq for just that? They call it a one man team because LB cares only about himself, his image and his stats. Its never about the team. Kobe turned a bunch of mediocre Kobe-watchers into contenders and ultimately, champions. You people talk about the Cavs liie they are a bunch of men who were plucked off the street to play ball for free. They are talented athletes who just couldnt get it done and LeBron wasnt able to make them better. He needs to grow the hell up!!

  89. jblakers42 says:

    it’s funny how sportswriters are ready to bail on “the king” and ride “the mamba”..

    I tell, so fickle, it’s hilarious

    KOBE is stacked w/5 rings and is about to win a possible 6th championship next season because he stayed the course, weathered the storm and allow the team to rebuild, and now he’s reaping the rewards for that,

    very few superstars would have been willing to do that

  90. 24>23 says:

    Amen.

    well a team that could hold bosh wade and lebron might make a chance to stop the lakers.

    if they get to the finals xD

  91. Jay says:

    How may championship rings does Kobe have? And the King err prince James? Nough said…..

  92. Tolitz says:

    The thing that these alleged top free agents to prove is that they can carry a team to become an NBA champion. D-Wade had, but LBJ, Bosh, Stoudemire, and the rest hadn’t. Then we can say that they might be worth the money they wanted.

  93. jp24isbetterthan23 says:

    i laugh at the jordan fans looking down on kobe. i respect jordan hell the greatest baller in past time. but that is just it past time. kobe might not have all those mvps but than again. jordan was playing at his peak against old vets like bird magic. remember kobe is only 30. jordan took breaks kobe has 14 seasons under him same as jordan. jordan is koo but kobe aka the black mamba knows where he stands in the history books. the best chicago player is MJ. The best Laker will be Kobe Bryant.

  94. Danny says:

    WOOOOW!!!! r u serious look yeah kobe has 5 rings but 4 anyone that knows a little bout nba history knows that 3 of dem where becuz of Shaq and dats da truth not 2 mention 3 of those championships shaq was the finals mvp cuz lets face it there was noway in hell kobe and da lakers was gonna beat those sacremento kings den after shaq left dem lakers was no where 2 be found untill some one of the most stupidest trades ever where lakers get Gasol for trash besides how many season mvps does kobe have 1? and lebron 2 in a row the guy is only 25 and has been carrying his team since the start and have been making da playoffs almost every year with washed up players around him so please dont compare rings until lebron actually has a legit team around him by no means am i sayin kobe sucks but da truth is putting his name in da same conversation wit jordan is straight up STUPID! im my opinon kobe has 2 rings and jordan 6 kobe has 2 mvps jordan has 6 kobe wants 2 be like mike and well mike is mike lol….so please stop tryin 2 convince urselves kobe is da best or one of the best because hes not even close 2 da top he might be like in the top 20 or 30 lol lebron will get his rings in do time and dat time is dis upcoming season if he goes 2 da bulls well den u might start counting another six championships 4 dat franchise guess we’ll see right

    • alfonso says:

      danny u idiot, jordan had scotty all his 6 rings and kobe had shaq for only 3. shaq left and kobe kept winning……

    • batez says:

      O.K I always hear people say that BUT Shaq wouldnt have won without Kobe either!! As a matter of fact Kobe has more rings than Shaq and has won more without him, than Shaq has won without Kobe!! Ohnestly every team that wins has more than one great player. You say Kobe won because of Shaq. Well I guess Magic only won because of Kareem, Bird only won because of Parish, and Jordan only won because of Pippen?? None of the great players in this league have won without the help of another all star caliber player!! Not one!! So before you try to take credit away from someone because they had good teammates just remember all championship teams do!! So get over it!! Kobe is the best player we have seen in the last 20 years!! LeBrons talent is unbelievable, and he has a good supporting cast on top of it too…So lets not make excuses for the guy hes a pro!! Unbelievable individual accolades dont make a player better than a proven winner!! If so, Well I guess Steve Nash is better than everyone in the league with his 2 MVP trophies and no rings right??? Or hes just as good as Lebron considering the fact that he got his team to the Conference Finals this year while Lebron was busy blowing a 2-0 lead to the Celtics.

    • lkrgrl01 says:

      Wow!! I hope you’re not older than 12 because your english is atrocious!!

    • Pytor says:

      You got to understand.. shaq only scores 30.. if you remove kobe scores 25-30, if you remove his numbers from the game.. i don’t think the lakers are gonna win those titles

    • kb24 says:

      kobe w/o shaq 2 ring 2 finals mvp
      shaq w/o kobe 1 ring
      MJ w/o pippen 0 ring
      so who’s the best??

  95. David Hoffman says:

    Lebron is the best player in the game. The best team is the lakers. Kobe just has the best talent on his team. Replace kobe with lebron on the lakers and the lakers would win 70 games every yr.

    • tata says:

      LeBron’s number 1 highlight was making a 3-pt shot in a LOSING series to the Magic. Forget about winning a championship….MeBron hasn’t even won ONE FINALS GAME. He is a great talent though. He should be playing for the Harlem Globetrotters. He can do his fancy handshakes, photo shoots and dance moves…maybe even though a little powder in the air. But when it comes to the focus to win it all I would take Kobe over clown anyday.

    • alfonso says:

      ur stupid!!!!!! lebron with 7 years in the nba and not 1 ring. ur a joke.

    • Pytor says:

      70 games? but not title… id rather take 50+ with a championship !

  96. Trevor says:

    It makes me laugh when people even utter Lebron’s name in the same sentence as Kobe. 7 years and nothing to show for it but some good stats and a few mvp awards. He wants to be a billionaire? Ali? Then act like a champion. It shouldn’t matter what team you play for. A real sports legend turns whatever is currently around him into a winning setup, he doesn’t desperately search for a team that will do it for him.

    The same people who claim Lebron is better than Kobe are the same people who say the Lakers are a 1 man team. You can’t have it both ways haters. Because Laker hate is so strong, I’ll take it you want to stick with the “Lakers are shallow and only exist because Kobe” in which case you have just admitted that Lebron will NEVER be anything near to Kobe. Using your own logic, Kobe creates championship teams, Lebron just tries to get traded to them.

  97. CyberCosmiX says:

    The fact is, Kobe had less help in winning these two past rings than Jordan or Magic had in winning their rings. Love Kobe or hate him, that is a fact. Gasol is a nice player, a great complimentary 2nd piece, but he’s no Kareem or Pippen. He’s not top-50 all-time like those two are.

    LeBron at this point just talks about wanting to win, Kobe just goes out and wins. I think that LeBron will get a couple of titles before he retires, he’ll improve on distributing the ball and involving his entire team at the end of close games, but he’s got a long way before he reaches Kobe, multiple MVP’s or not.

    The chase between Kobe and MJ though isn’t far apart, it’s very close. Everyone’s got to think back, Kobe was right below 50% shooting and was playing some great ball before his finger injury last season, Even with his injuries though he still did what he had to do for about 6 months of playing through his bad finger. You have got to give him the credit he’s due, saying he’ll never be a fraction of Jordan is not only flat-out wrong, but idiotic. Kobe may never surpass Jordan, probably not playing the ‘anti-hero’ role that he does to Jordan’s ‘Heroic’ role, but he is right there – failing to acknowledge that shows bias or a lack of knowledge, probably both…

  98. Ryan says:

    @Manu

    We all know that, you don’t got to point out the obvious, but i will say everyone on that list you mentioned, Kobe is atop of all them “skillfully”. They all had greater success than Kobe, but when you talk about raw talent from any aspect of the game Kobe is your choice. All these distractions in the free agency are just going to help the Lakers win title number 6. As the Lakers are looking to focus on that next ring, guys are still stuck on where they want to go before they even think about that ring. Lebron needs to stay in Cleveland, Wade can move out somewhere else because the Heat ain’t getting it done anymore. Bosh needs to leave as well. But Lebron has everything he needs. He just needs to execute his teams strengths in the playoffs like they do in the regular season. You guys use things agaist Kobe, he’s old, injured, past due, slow, less explosive and etc, but he still will get by the best defender in the league still have the ability to drop 45+ on your best man, and still help carry most of the load to a seconds NBA championship in a row. Kobe is the best player still and will be for the next few years, the guy can just flat out score whenever he wants. Lebron is great, but with his apporach to the game triple doubles don’t win championships. Triple doubles just mean that your doing to much and your teammates are not doing enough…

  99. tRACE says:

    I’ve been tired of this free agent nonsense. It’s no fault of the players but the so-called writers and analyst. Prior to the July 1st free agent signing date all we got was wild specualtion that was presented as news. These experts spent hours of tv time with not a bit of information planted in the world of facts. Lebron is going here. Wade is going there. Bosh will sign here if Wade agrees to sign here. Blah. Joe from down the block can do the same specualtion for free.

    When the players started to tour the cities with the money to obtain them that’s when things got real. And even then the only facts are the players met with organizations for alotted amount of time.

    NBA TV and other outlets are turning this free agency into story for ratings. Too bad it isn’t a story with facts and information that a NBA fan can sink their teeth into. Instead it’s a cloud of smoke that is slowly evaporating.

  100. batez says:

    Loving this article Sekou!! This article explains exactly why Kobe is the best player in basketball right now. He has stayed with the same team his whole career, grew into an integral part of that team into an NBA all star and champion..Then, on top of that was able to stay with that team, rebuild on the fly and win multiple rings again!! You Kobe/Laker haters know what the truth is..The sad part is you are just too caught up hating that you are allowing yourself to miss out on one of the best players the game has ever seen, because you think you dont like him OFF the court when ohnestly you dont KNOW him off the court!! How would you feel if we judged you?? Anyways, all of the free agents trying to unite together to try and win is BS! It reminds me of a bunch of chicks getting together to try to jump the prom queen or something lol!! LB, D-Wade stay with your teams and win…Only then will it mean something!! We dont need another version of the 08 Celtics out here…Besides, I dont think you guys would even fit on the same team.

  101. Indibil says:

    Right now Kobe is one step further to Lebron in anything related to life: age, experience, triumphs… he knows what he has, what he wants, and the way to achieve his goals. Lebron is still looking for himself.

  102. Manu says:

    Oh yeah kobe the greatest ever my f***** a**. Jordan, Oscar, Wilt, Russell, Bird, Magic, Kareem, are all better than him. People are just stupid nowadays and forget about the greats…How many scoring titles and MVPs and Finals MVPS does KObe have compared to Jordan?? Yeah exactly retards

    • batez says:

      How many does anybody have compared to Jordan?? Totally irrelevant post!! smdh

    • Joe says:

      Kobe Bryant will go down as the Greatest of all-time. He has excelled in every aspect of the game of Basketball. 1 thing I always try to argue with people for Kobe is that look at the talent level that these players where playing against and look what Kobe has been playing against. Was there ever a Lebron, D-wade, Carmelo. Durant caliber type players in Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kareem? No!!!!!!!! there reason Jordan ran the 90′s because there was no one at his level, not even close. Kobe is excelling aginst these dudes and will have more rings than all the people you mentioned except for russel.

      • Coco says:

        Jordan was simply MORE CLUTCH than Kobe, and therefore a better player. There are actual statistics to back this up! Their lifetime numbers will be comparable but intelligent basketball fans know that MJ was more reliable when it mattered. He dominated teams like no one else in history. He never played in a Finals Game 7 because it was unnecessary! Don’t tell me the NBA is THAT MUCH MORE talented than it was 15 years ago. The Utah Jazz were a legitimate powerhouse team and Jordan handled them with relative ease. I can’t imagine him getting smoked by the ’04 Pistons or the ’08 Celtics. If he hadn’t retired to play baseball he would have won 8 championships in a row, WITHOUT A DOUBT! And keep in mind he never had a real center. Didn’t need one! He is OBVIOUSLY the best player of all time and only a very biased and ignorant Lakers fan would disagree. These are facts. And I actually love Kobe! He’s the second greatest hands down. But he’s not MJ.

      • Mike'O'B says:

        im laughing at the fact that Jordan is more clutch than Kobe when Jordan is not even playing in the game anymore… Kobe is Mr Clutch hands down! To win this Kobe vs Jordan arguement… lets face some facts! Kobe came from the bench.. he couldnt even outplayed Eddie for the starting position… Jordan played in college n had fours yrs of college experience……. Kobe was the underdog that proved to the world that u can come off the bench but could be the best player ever if u put ur mind n game to it….. Jordan on the other hand, already had it made.. Kobe had to fight for his! Shaq was the 1st team option then it was Kobe.. Jordan has always been the 1st team option.. (so how the hell did Kobe needed Shaq instead of ppl saying they both needed each other. if anything, Shaq needed Kobe just like Kobe needs Gasol n the rest to win now….. go back n replay the 01,02 n 03 seasons) Jordan begun his championship run at the age of 30…… i 4got how old Kobe is but I know he got 5 rings already.. lol. now i dont even wanna talk about all the Jordans record Kobe has broken n he aint even 33 yet.. lls. if u wanna compare who was better… check Kobes top 10 n Jordans top 10.. there is a big difference between them…… why do u think Phill wont say who is the best. is bcos he doesnt wanna disrespect Jordan??? why do u think Alvin Gentry n David Stern thinks Kobe is right thur with Jordan if not better???!!!! n why are we talking about Lebron when D Wade gotta ring?!

    • NickelBag420 says:

      Kobe is ONE of the greatest ever… in the same class as all the guys you mentioned. There will never be one greatest of all time, just the greats. To say all those guys are better than Kobe is a bit… dumb to say if your such a fan as you seem to claim to be. As for Kobe’s Final MVP’s compared to Jordan… Kobe player with Shaq for 3 titles, Jordan never had a dominate player like him to have as even an option for Finals MVP. As for MVP, Kobe has been dipped out of winning MVP a lot! But again, Shaq was playing along with a long list of amazing ball players. Cause lets be honest… Kobe and Shaq could have won MVP every year from 99′-Now, but its not good politics I guess in the NBA. Scoring titles? Really? Id rather have 5 rings than 5 scoring titles, get it? Also… as it does every generation the game has changed, and there is sooooo much more talent in the league now then there was during Jordan’s, Magic/Birds, Russel/Wilt’s time. It is harder than ever to win in the NBA, it is more than ever about having a great TEAM that is well COACHED.

    • kb24 says:

      kareem have more mvp & more finals mvp then MJ does that mean he’s better???

    • ThaDude says:

      Exactly! As much as I do like Kobe people seem to forget a lot about Michael Jordan when making the comparisons. Not only does Michael Jordan have 9 (CONSECUTIVE) scoring titles, SIX NBA Finals MVPs, TWO NBA MVP tropies, DEFENSIVE Player of the Year awards (including an NBA single season records for steals)…When do you see Kobe play defense close to Michael Jordans? That’s right, you don’t!

  103. LEking says:

    Well said mr SEkou but this was Kobe’s last ride…so it will be WADE to take his spot with the right help…

  104. Kevin says:

    Kobe is the best period. What else do you what from the man he already have 5 rings and their is still so much haters out their. What most of you guys don’t get is Kobe is known as the BLACK MAMBA he’s COLD Blooded and he is the best in the league. Period point blank.

  105. Jonatha says:

    I couldn’t agree with this article more. All these free agents chasing a home when they already have one. And as far as stepping up his game? He won ring number five playing with eight fingers… and was MVP. Land where these gentlemen will ( or not )…Next year, when the season starts? The Los Angeles Lakers are defending World Champions. Hopefully Kobe can do it again, this time with ten fingers.

  106. Unknown says:

    @Jer

    Dude, you must not understand being an athlete because you have to sacrifice at times in order to succeed in which Kobe did. Also, only a highly ignorant dunce would say the refs gave the Lakers the championship. You say anyone who is blind to that is a fool? Dude, the only fools are the ones who honestly believe that. Ignorants blinds you in which I truly pity you. Get a life loser!

  107. think says:

    I’m not a Laker fan and I did root for the Celtics this year… but i would have to say that all these free agent circus would only assure another title for the Lakers… and 6 rings for Kobe… and my God, discussions again on the MJ-Kobe-GOAT stuff (this will make me puke)…

    Even if the Lebron-DWade-Bosh thing happens, I believe it wouldnt be enough to dethrone LA… and I still think (now putting myself at the firing line) that if ever Boston gets its Big 3 back, and retooled itself better (Rondo, Perk, Sheed, Davis, someone like Posey cause T. Allen can’t shoot, someone better than S. Williams, Nate’s energy is ok w/ me)… theyd be the better team to contend with LA next year… And i even think Orlando has a better chance if they get people than can replace Carter and Lewis in case they choke again (Melo and Barnes would be perfect)…

    The reason for this is that when Boston’s Big 3 decided to team up… IT’S ALL ABOUT WINNING… not about money… not about who’s being the Main Man… just having the ring… KG’s loyalty was there with Minny, but he’s just tired of carrying the load and losing… Allen is tired as well, and so was Pierce…

    But for the Lebron-Wade-Bosh 3, its different… Lebron is the King of the world right now, and so is his entourage… unlike KG, he ain’t accustomed into losing yet… disappointments yes, but losing not yet… for all his years in cleveland, the front office has tried all it can to give the men Lebron needs, unlike with KG where he’s just ther alone carrying the load in Minny… for Bosh, as you’ve read, he’s been saying he wants to be the team’s leader, not a 2nd man or 3rd… very different from the Unbuntu Boston has… as for Wade, I’d say he has the most focus in winning than the two… he’s been therel, he knows how to get it, yet he knows he can’t do it alone… he should be with boston hahaha

    So i guess unless Boston (and San Antonio) get its youth back, Orlando stops choking in crunchtime, Dallas gets the toughness they need, Denver gets their acts together again, and Portland (my team) gets healthy… no other team that this free agency would create can ever threaten LA from getting another ring…

    • berkamore says:

      agree.

      always believed that letting go of Posey was the biggest mistake the Celtics made and that cost them the Championship this year.

      Anyway,if the Celts add a few guys on the bench who are battle tested and happy to bang all day, I still like their chances next year………..

    • Aldstar says:

      You are right man. LeBron-Wade-Bosh is great, but people must not forget that the Lakers have their own big three (RonRon-Kobe-Gasol) and the Lakers have way more expierence, better role players (name good role players with minimum salary) and ofcourse, regardless of who is going to coach Lbj, Dwade and CB4, better coaching. I think people are going to underestimate the Lakers if those three get together. But I still think the Lakers are the favorites. And if we could get Mike Miller to strenghten our bench, that would be great.

  108. ANDEE says:

    kobe is the best and always will be and there is nothing that james can do about it.

  109. FM B.BALL FAN says:

    finaly some one who agrees with me

    • RAy says:

      Why would Kobe be shaking…….he is the defending champion and he has five rings, that makes no sense….he let his finger stay becuase he was FOCUSED on winning a championship, he did what he had to do. And Jer the Celtics were leading the Lakers in the 4th quarter.Then they missed open shots and lay-ups, gave up open 3 pointers to Ron Ron and Fish and the refs somehow figured in there………STUPID if the Celtics did what they were suppose to do LA would have never won. Boston gave LA the championship

  110. Jer says:

    Kobe let his right index finger become a finger of a 80 plus year old man. What a fool. Also the Refs gave the lakers the championship. anyone who is blind to THAT is a FOOL….

    • Paulo says:

      I agree 100% 21 free throws in the fourth quarter is ridiculous! Your telling me that garnett getting hit as he´s really shooting isnt a foul? he wasnt even faking, but yet gasol just spinning is a shooting foul?

    • jonathan says:

      How did the refs nearly cost the lakers..the series game 2,offciating was 100% one sided..game 5 was nearly as bad..game 4 was also terrible offciation like the other 2..the celtic were giving W’s by refs…laker were being called soft..cuz if the retailate..its a foul..if the dont their soft..clean and soft often get mixed up….laker should have won 08..becuz biased officaiting ingames 1,2,and 4..game six was just utter abuse..the leage ought to look in to it that the boston celtics arent paying the refs..

    • jUSS says:

      As expected Lakers haters will say that…Either the officiating sucks, they paid the refs…WHAT MORE EXCUSE???..

    • batez says:

      Wow…The Lakers were given the championship?? What game were you watching?? The Celtics were outhustled, outrebounded, undersized, and over aged, thats why they lost the series. Pau outrebounded their whole front line, thats why they lost the series! They couldnt take advantage of Kobe shooting horribly in game 7 thats why they lost the series! But excuses, that how you lose in life!!

      • CELTICS says:

        thats how the game goes its not lakers fault that celtics cant out rebound them so its not lakers fault that celts couldnt take advantage of kobe shooting bad celts couldnt win the championchip cause lakers out played them you celts fan bring in the refs as an excuse for them losing

    • NickelBag420 says:

      Umm… yeah
      The majority of the playoffs the Lakers got less foul calls for them, and shot less free throws in almost every game… So forget that FOOL
      And here is the thing with Kobe… unlike most NBA players, Kobe is a warrior! He has been playing injured with a broken finger, torn finger, back spasms, and a bad knee most of the year. Still KOBE was putting up 30+ point games, playing all NBA defense, and above all winning!
      Hater

    • Rod says:

      It means that if the Ref can give the trophy to who ever they want it wouldn’t be lakers are the champion but just becaused the fought for every second they play THEY WERE THE CHAMPION if they loose the game i wouldn’t say anything against the opposing team all i can say is CONGRATULATION, AND THINK ABOUT 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP CELTIC THEY BEAT THE LAKERS THEY WERE SO PHYSICAL AND BASICALLY THEY WIN IN EVERYTHING SO THEY WERE A CHAMPION,LAKES LEARN FROM THAT GAME SO DID THE SAME SO THEM, LAKERS BECOME A PHYSICAL TEAM AND YOU STUPID CRY JUST LIKE YOUR STUPID CELDICS FAKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS GO LAKERSSSSSSSSSSS DOWN WITH ALL THE CEDICS FAKERS FANSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SEE YOU ON 2011 IF YOU’RE TEAM CAN MAKE IT

    • Jake says:

      ahhh it never fails to have some loyal fan just blame the refs when there team loses. It’s like clockwork, Once you stop being so credulous and stop letting your bigoted ways clog your vision you’ll see it was a fair game.

    • Don says:

      @Jer I gotta jump in because the Lakers earned that win… Yeah we know that LA made 16 of 21 4th Qtr free throws to Boston’s 5 of 6 but it was because the Lakers were the more agressive team, they were smarter to realize that the jumpers wasn’t working so they went to the basket strong to make the refs call a foul… For example, when Kobe saw that Ray Allen had his hand on him then he forced up a 3 PT shot to get 3 FTs… Plus at the end of the game when Boston was behind then they had to foul LA and hope their players will miss FT’s so that strategy also contributed to the higher number of Laker FT attempts…

      Dude don’t hate, congratulate because next time you can participate – lol…

  111. eric says:

    kobe right now is shaking in his boots hoping wade, bosh and james dont team together. Kobe needs to hit the gym and work on his shooting, and work on offense against bigger players such as DURANT! And the never healing pinky, got to adjust to that. and I ForgOT the AGE factor, GOtta STEP your GAME UP KOBE next season, we dont want to see you go on a decline.

    • Joe says:

      1st. Kobe has been the best player in the league for probably the past 7 years without a doubt. He has the footwork, the jumpshot, and the defensive skills that will allow him to play through injury, even though his injuries should be taken care off. 2nd. WORK ON HIS OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!! dude are you serious? work on his shootin??? his midrange is second to none combined with his talents is unstoppable. Just like all the Kobe haters in this world you decide too look at his missed shots or how many shots he’s taking and decide that he is on the decline. Tell me Eric have you seen anybody othere than kobe double teamed right when he passes the halfcourt line? who shoots fade away jumpshots ove double or triple teams??? 3rd. Wade, Bosh, Lebron will never be on the sme team especially Lebron & Wade will never play with each other with both of them having the same type of skill set, I don’t think either one will be the others sidekick

      • jeff says:

        Is it a good thing if a player shoots fade away jumpshots over double or triple teams rather than passing the ball to an open team mate?! (if two players are guarding him there’s one man open and if three players guard him… well, i think you get the point ;)
        You be the judge of that ;P

      • Al says:

        @ Joe.. i agree with everything you say.. i don’t even think any team has enough cap space for 3 maximum contracts. maybe bosh and wade or bosh and lebron but i know it’s impossible to have all 3 even lebron and wade together isn’t going to happen. i know it sounds nice and all but you just gotta face the reality. @ Jeff, you make it seem so easy to see the open man when you’re in a double or triple team situation. Other guys would probably panic and turn the ball over. You gotta remember that the double/triple team is not only to stop the player with the ball but to play the passing lanes too. so having a guy like kobe shoot with ease over that double/triple team is amazing. and when he does pass it out, he doesn’t turn the ball over.

      • Tox says:

        @ Jeff …. yes Jeff if it means championship rings! that’s the reason why they paid you millions of money… to deliver the goods… not to pass to someone else to deliver… You be the judge to that!

      • Coco says:

        Yes Jeff, it’s a good thing when said player wins 5 chapionships. Kobe’s game is progressing a lot like Jordan’s. If you have the confidence and talent to MAKE the shots, why not?

    • Rep says:

      sound like a hater… You may need to go back and read the article again

    • Quentin says:

      Work on his shooting?????HAHAHA did this guy really say that? wow

    • alfonso says:

      kobe step his game up. lebron needs to do that to get a ring.

    • royland says:

      u metioned those 3 players. where is the money to fill the rest of the roster? it will take more than 3 overpayed players to beat a well coached championchip team. who is going to be the coach to bring them together? who is the center? as for the thunder,for all we know they could be 1 hit wonders the hornets. we have ron artest to lockup durant. D wins championchips. get ready for another laker parade, GO LAKERS!!! please reply

    • olibob says:

      1st of all Kobe still got evrything. whatever LBJ,D Wade and other free agents try to do out there, you guys just make sure, you got everything to take Kobe,Phil and the Lakers down bcs if you don’t they’re on the mission guys, phil already say it “this is the last one and the GRAND one,means big one to complete 3 peat let do it” if you sleeping go put some water on your face, they coming very angry like they never went a champion to proof that they are the best. hey! you will cry this time, they will be no more free agency next summer for you to change team, it look like East side gonna be roughf too so be ready guys if you don’t ask Mail man Malone,G Payton,C webb,TCassel,R Miller,A Iverson,J O’neal,J Kid,S Nash they all knows how it feel even the fat man onTNT just running his month about Lakers this,Lakers that look you’re all this Lakers Teritory right now, Kobe’s world look at the number even L odom got two, LBJ none 2nd don’t even talk about Refs give Lakers championship due they fight for it so don’t say no sense stuff like all the midia right now they call themself analyst, they don’t even know what they talking about no body saw Joe J. back to ATl or Amar in Knicks so what are you going to tell me man. Talk about Kobe is Old, are you out of mind, ask phoenix sun they’ll tell u.

    • Don says:

      Eric your work on his shooting comment about Kobe demonstrates that you are a idiot… I seem to recall a total of 81 points that was scored by Kobe, then he dropped 61 points at MSG last year and Kobe killed PHX this year…

    • MS says:

      Let the LeJoker get the ring first. I ain’t talking!!!
      7 Seasons passed since LeJoker joined the league – Made it to one Final (wow! Its an achievement)
      Kobe got his first ring when he was 22 years old. And dont start the Shaq’s help. May be yes Shaq helped.

      If LeJoker really wanted to win, then he should have really considered the contract extension (3yr) with Cavaliers in 2006. He is all about money. He is 25 now. I dont see this guy is going to ever win more rings than Kobe.

      Good Luck on that.

  112. SPLIFOUT says:

    messed up thing is 2mos into the regular season LBJ will be ” the best player on the planet ” again lol

    • NickelBag420 says:

      Ummm… No?
      The media will run their mouths, but we have seen what those jack offs know… and how many times they end up sticking their foots in their mouths! They were all about LBJ… trying to move Kobe along… but talent and the heart of a champion can’t be beat by any amount of dumbasses and trash talk. So dont be the next guy to do that… guy

      • sphinx says:

        the Lakers had the talent but they did not have the ‘heart’ to win game 7…so the refs stepped in and gave them a bunch of free-throws, what an embarrassing way to win as MJ probably said. it was all too conspicuous of which team David Stern & the officials wanted to win this year’s title. what’s next… gonna let Kobe win 11 titles as a player or 12 to beat out Bill Russell? the refs always intervene the flow of the game but that’s just the way Kobe likes it !.

    • Rod says:

      Pleased explain what”THE BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET” there’s no such thing the best player on the planer period,maybe BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA and there is only ONE PLAYER THAT WAS KOBE AND NO ONE ELSE

  113. JP Ong says:

    well said… after all of these free agent ruckus… the championship still runs through LA, the Lakers are still the best team in all of basketball, and Kobe the best player in the world. Period.

  114. sting says:

    AMEN TO THAT, SEKOU!

    • BlackMamba24 says:

      See what’s gonna happen is, they will overhype Lebron throughout the offseason, preseason, and regular season. then his team will have the best record in the NBA and they will say that its all because of Lebron. Then when he loses in the playoffs, they will say that he did not have any help, and blame it all on his teammates and coaches.