Wednesday night I was getting texts from a friend of mine while Kobe Bryant was scoring 60 against the Jazz in the final game of his career …I kept getting text …KOBE KOBE Kobe baby …60 …2nd greatest player behind Jordan… oh yes those were real text. He ranked Kobe 2nd behind Jordan because he has 5 championship rings …okay but so does Magic …and Kareem has 6 so where does that put them? Also consider this Kobe scored 60 in a nothing game against a team that wanted no part of this game and just wanted to go home, they played no defense on Kobe or anyone else for that matter. Come on! Kobe as we would say from the playground chunked every chance he got, they ran no plays and he passed when?
I know it’s easy to disagree with me on this, the easy thing to do is rate him among the best to ever play, and for whatever reason we seem to always want someone to be the best ever at something as if being great is a bad thing , no they have to be the best ever or second best ever … I know the following will make Kobe fans upset but …
Just for the record I am not saying I think Kobe was a scrub his whole career he wasn’t . He was a prolific scorer and a great defender but he was rough on teammates ask Dwight Howard. He was a great player but by no means was he the greatest player I ever saw, nor was he even the greatest Laker either. Which led me to this point , I can think of at least 5 or 6 Lakers before I even get to Kobe. In no particular order:
1- Jerry West
2- Magic Johnson
4- Wilt Chamberlin
5- Elgin Baylor
7- James Worthy
8- George Mikan
9- Jamaal Wilkes
Originally I said 5 or 6 and I just gave you 9…
Do you see Kobe’s name anywhere on this list 9 Lakers and no mention of Kobe so how do you think he is the games greatest or among the games greatest players and he doesn’t even top the list of the greatest players in franchise history? Top 10 Laker? No Problem but look at that list all hall of famers Kobe slides in at 10 so again if he isn’t at the top of the list of Franchise history how does any one rate him seconds best behind Jordan if that is the benchmark ?
It’s easy to wax poetic about Kobe it’s in the in thing to do right now. If all you ever seen is Kobe then that is all you know , just like the generation before saw Jordan and only Jordan but if you seen many of these players on this list for the exception of Mikan (before my time) there is no way I can put Kobe above these great players, so how can I put on the list of greatest ever? I Can’t.
This season was brutal to watch because at one point don’t forget Kobe wasn’t looking good, he looked finished, s for him to go out on a 60 point night chucking away …I ain’t mad at ya Kobe , but don’t expect me to point at that last game and say see this was Kobe at his finest , the best to play the game… Does he crack top 50 yes for sure, top 25 maybe but best of all time discussion ….nope!
So where does Kobe rate ?