Not the greatest
Michael Jordan is not the greatest basketball player of all-time. That statement could never be true, because of the rich history the game offers. If the argument was based on the number of NBA Championships, then the greatest would be Bill Russell. Not only did he win 11 titles, he endured Jim Crow laws and racism, making the game of basketball and life for that matter a lot more difficult. If you rather talk about dominance, then you need to look no further than Wilton Norman Chamberlain.
For all intents and purposes, I truly believe that within the 61 years of the NBA, there are players that define different era’s, times, and places. In the early days of the league, black players were not allowed to play, so those days are not relative to the times when Earl Lloyd and other blacks were allowed to compete. I grew up in West Philadelphia, so I was always taught to take pride in where I am from, and to understand that there will never be another “Big Dipper”.
Is the greatest
When I was born there was a man named Julius Erving that defined everything basketball, and as I grew and learned about the game, the one they called “Air” took flight, as he elevated everything around him, from TV ratings, and marketability, to general interest, and borderline idol worship. By 1994, Jordan had begun playing baseball, and I had become associates with a 6’4″ high school sophomore named Kobe Bean Bryant. Little did I know he would become the one to lead the NBA into the next generation, not because I didn’t have faith in his game…it had more to do with my liking his oldest sister Sharia.
Could he be be the greatest? We’ll have to wait until his career plays out
“Beans” as my best friend Misty calls him, was also from West Philly, however his family moved overseas…and upon returning to the states, they relocated to nearby Lower Merion. Kobe never hung out there, as he was ALWAYS in West Philadelphia. From the barbershop at 54th and Berks, to Tustin Playground at 60th and Columbia he was always “at home” with us. It makes sense, because before the Bryant family moved to Italy, they used to live in the Overbrook section, directly around the corner from Wilt Chamberlain. Its ironic when you look at some of the NBA record books and you see Chamberlain and Bryant as 1. and 2. respectively, as they are as synonymous with the game as they are with one another.
Wilt is the biggest of them all in Philly
The point I am trying to make is that watching KB24 in his 12-year professional career has been some kind of wonderful. His personal choices and happenings off the court have nothing to do with how he plays the game of basketball. Why people do not like his game is the great unknown mystery to me, because there is nothing the man cannot do. He can take over and kill at will, or he can get his team involved and orchestrate a win like only the best can do.
Super Bowl Sunday in DC
Kobe sees the game in slow motion, and he can view angles and lines on the court, picking his shots and the opposition apart in the process.
Yes he won 3-championships early in his career with the help of Shaq, and the Lake Show is back on top, with the rise of Andrew Bynum and addition of Pau Gasol, however the offense of Tex Winter (The Triangle) only works if you have a good passing front court, and a good lead guard. In this case, the Lakers have a Fisher and Farmar as lead guards, and Bryant as the leader of the pack.For some reason, I just want the rest of the world to see this man, and the game he makes great.
The negativity is unnecessary.
And for all those that say Kobe wants to be Michael Jordan…well what’s wrong with emulating a great player? I wanted to be like Barkley at a young age. Oh the other thing that I love is that KB24 is arrogant and cocky, hmmm, that’s funny I always thought that he was confident in all of his hard work and practice. I can recall, going to cover the Wizards vs. Lakers in DC, on Super Bowl Sunday. It was February 3, 2008 and instead of sitting around watching 6 hours of pre game, I made the trip to the Verizon Center.
I didn’t speak with Kobe prior to the game, because he was in the weight room, in a full-workout 1-hour before tip-off. His dedication paid off, because he had 19 points in that first quarter. No easy feat in the NBA.
The problem with Kobe Bryant is that he makes the game look easy.Its sad, however true that people fear and sometimes hate what they cannot understand. I’m just doing my part to assist you in learning. These are interesting times we live in and one day when he is retired, teaching the youth of tomorrow how to play this game at a high level…I believe that is when people will “get it”, and by then it will be too late.