Kobe Bryant – 8th Wonder of the World
Kobe Bryant needs to get some teammates together and put together a two or three season NBA Finals run in order to be not only compared to, but equal to Michael Jordan. So far in his career, Kobe Bryant has proven to be equal in explosive capacity for scoring, and leading his team (please remember that Michael was as much or more of a ball hog in his hey-day). Kobe Bryant lacks only in defensive aggression and sheer determination to win, which could be attributed to the fact that he has no key playmakers with him to put him in a position to be competitive.
In my opinion, Kobe Bryant is one of the top 5 most electrifying players to watch play basketball in the history of the sport. If you haven’t ever seen him play, and you’re a fan of basketball, you should DEFINATELY check in to see the next time Kopbe is coming to town and buy tickets. It’s something that should be on every basketball fan’s “players-to-see-before-they-retire” list.
Don’t agree that Bryant should be compared with Jordan? Consider:
During the 2006-07 season, Bryant was selected to his 9th All-Star Game appearance, and on February 18th, he logged 31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals, earning his second career All-Star Game MVP trophy.
On March 16, Bryant scored a season-high 65 points in a home game against the Portland Trailblazers, which helped end the Lakers 7-game losing streak. This was the second best scoring performance of his 11-year career. The following game, Bryant recorded 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, after which he scored 60 points in a road win against the Memphis Grizzlies – becoming the second Laker to score three straight 50-plus point games, a feat not seen since Michael Jordan last did it in 1987. The only other Laker to do so was Elgin Baylor, who also scored 50+ in three consecutive contests in December 1962. On March 23, in a game against the New Orleans Hornets, Bryant scored 50 points, making him the second player in NBA history to have 4 straight 50 point games behind Wilt Chamberlain, who is the all-time leader with seven consecutive 50 point games. Bryant nearly made it 5 consecutive but was “held” to 43 points in a 115-113 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
If Kobe Bryant can lead the Lakers to NBA Finals two or three years straight, it will seal his legacy as Michael Jordan’s equal.