Black Mamba

“I’m chasing perfection.”
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in NBA History.

He is the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant.

In 2006, Kobe scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles. That is the second highest point total for a player in an NBA game.

Bryant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of High School in 1996 and shortly thereafter was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant is the leading scorer in Laker franchise history and is a two-time NBA scoring champion.

Bryant is a 14-time NBA All-Star; he is a nine-time All NBA First Team selection and a nine-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection.

Kobe Bryant was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008.

Kobe Bryant is extremely competitive and that is reflected with his intense play at both ends of the court.

Kobe Bryant takes his game to another level in clutch situations with the game on the line.

As Kobe says, he is “chasing perfection.” Sometimes when you chase perfection you may not achieve it; therefore you will have to settle for greatness. When you talk about greatness, you talk about Kobe Bryant.

Kobe patterned himself after Michael Jordan and as great as Kobe is, he is not Michael Jordan..

Phil Jackson was very critical of Kobe in a book that Jackson wrote after the first time Jackson resigned as Lakers coach. At that point, the two men had won three NBA Championships together.

Phil returned as Laker coach…the two men managed to put aside any hard feelings and differences to the point that they won two more Championships….these two without Shaquille O’Neal.

When you analyze Kobe Bryant’s career…it is unfortunate that he and Phil Jackson had their differences. He and Shaquille O’Neal had their differences..

Many people felt that Kobe could have been more team oriented…but we must remember how well his teams fared. Not only has Kobe won five Championships, he also has been named the MVP of the NBA Finals twice.

 

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