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Kobe Bryant

American All-Star shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA

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Kobe is the best player in the NBA

  • Dec 14, 2008
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Can the reigning MVP be the most underrated player in the league?  Well Kobe Bryant was just that for the previous 11 seasons.  A player who is so humble - like Barry Bonds - that the general public paint them as cocky.  But whether you like Kobe the man, you'd be wrong to slight Bryant's place as one of the top 10 players in the history of the NBA.

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April 28, 2009
I agree mostly with you, but come on Kobe was definitely cocky....Thats okay though, he has always backed it up. I don't think though that Kobe has ever been under rated.
 
April 16, 2009
let me preface this by saying that I am a lifelong, die-hard Laker Fan!! and they WILL win it all this year and hopefully the next 2 or 3 years as well (I would love to see Kobe pass MJ in the rings category. Kobe is the most complete player in the game, absolutely no weaknesses in his offensive game and one of (if not) the best on-ball defenders in it today, it is almost comically unfair that he pulls up and knocks down lefty shots in actual games. -- my favorite being when he hit a lefty 3 pointer and all Mark Cuban could do was stand, smile and applaud. and his work ethic is second to none. having said that Lebron James is already better than Kobe ever was and one of the main reasons is you cant teach 6'8" 260lbs. And that makes all the difference in the world. we saw in the last 2 finals he competed in (Detroit in '04 and Boston in '08) that Kobe can be kept on the perimiter and forced to take tough shots and his last 2 finals performances were not pretty. you cant do that with Lebron, he is just to big and strong. his game is missing a jump shot as reliable as Kobe's but that will come with time and practice, Lebron is only 24. to many fans are quick to say that Kobe is the one you'd want taking the last shot of a game (an argument i dont think makes you the best player) but the stats say something else. over the last 6 years with the game on the line Lebron leads the league in makes and percentage and he has only taken 3 shots less than Kobe with the game on the line, so its not like he leads the category because he takes a lot less. in fact with the game one the line Kobe ranks 4th. and over those same six years he leads the leauge in misses in crunch time. while he is the best in the game at creating a shot for himself, the one major advantage Lebron has is that he cannot be stopped if he decides to go to the basket, hes just to big. and on the other end of the floor he has become (especially this past year) a defensive presence in Kobe's class. So while I love my Lakers and plan on watching them win the finals this year and hopefully the next few. I will also enjoy watching history being made as Lebron WILL go down as the greates to ever play the game. I am a Lifelong Laker fan but I am a hoops fan first!!
 
April 08, 2009
Kobe is the most complete player in the leauge. He has the uncanny ability to face adversity and overcome. When he dosent overcome he uses the failure to fuel his competitive fire. Lebron is a great player but he has holes in his game(I dont want him shooting freethrows with 5secs left if i were his coach). But in the long run the MVP award is about who has the best effect on their team, and KB24 has done more with less for longer and he is the hands down MVP!!
 
December 15, 2008
Bird never won without McHale or Parrish. Jordan never won without Pippen. Magic never won without KAJ, but no one says, "well Mike was great, but he never got a ring without Scottie" Kobe did as much to carry those Lakers teams as Shaq. I see your point, New Aesthetic, but not sure I totally agree. Discussing sports is often like writing about music - it's like dancing to architecture! :)
 
December 14, 2008
There's no doubt that Kobe Bryant is a great player. He's already earned his spot in the HOF, and will be in any revised greatest players list that some sports mag will come out with. However, his 3 championship rings were blessed with having one of the premier coaches in the NBA, along with another huge (literally) MVP in Shaquille O'Neill -- who was playing with the Lakers in the prime of his career. LeBron James, another player you can argue might be the best in the NBA at the moment, is seemingly doing it all by himself. There's no doubt in my mind that any discussion of who the best player in the NBA is at the moment, that Kobe should be brought up. Is it a clear cut answer? No. Let's see if Kobe can first carry his team to a champtionship, minus Shaq.
 
December 14, 2008
Oh yeah.. but Lebron James is/will be giving him a run for his money very soon.
 
December 14, 2008
OK - so I do not like Kobe as a person (me and my coworker would always argue about this)... BUT... i cannot deny that is an AMAZING basketball player.. absolutely phenomenal. Just don't tell anyone I know that. : ) Maybe I should change my rating....
 
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Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978 is an American All-Star shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Bryant is the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant.
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Nationality: American
Birth Date: August 23, 1978
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Height: 6' 6"
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