One look at Kobe Bryant’s career scores and anybody with a basic knowledge of basketball would declare him to be one of the best in the game; fifteen All-NBA selections, eighteen selections to play in the All-Star games (only second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s nineteen times) and twelve selections to play in NBA’s All-Defensive team (second to Tim Duncan’s fifteen). In his twenty years of playing for the Lakers, he has led them to trophy multiple times.
Kobe Bryant is one of the all-time best players in the NBA
He had the spotlight over him since high school, when he was considered one of the best basketball players in the country. He is one of the very few people to get selected into the NBAs directly from high school, making him the youngest player then. Ever since, he’s shown extraordinary playing skills and proven he was the right choice, no matter his age. He improved season after season, coach after coach.
If anybody had to pick Kobe Bryant’s best season, it has to be the 2002-03 NBA games. He was at his absolute peak then, when he scored triple digit dunks, the only time he achieved this in his entire career.
Kobe Bryant is a person with massive public presence and a huge fan following. His game play is very appealing to the eye – full of fierce passion and determination. He loves to prove people wrong, through his game, anytime they think he’s gotten any less than he was before. The competitive spirit in him deserves praise and commendation.
Received most number of All Star MVP
Kobe Bryant is the player to receive the most number of All Star-MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards in National Basketball Association history – in the years 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. He also received his only NBA MVP award for the 2007-08 season. He is often compared to Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever. Bryant’s scores and achievements are very comparable to Jordan’s. Everybody who grew up watching Michel Jordan would agree Kobe Bryant is no less. One could go as far as saying Kobe Bryant is the Michael Jordan of present times. Playing in the shooting guard position, just like Michael Jordan did, has actually worked in Bryant’s favour – lesser physical is required, and this has helped his longevity.
Kobe Bryant is one of the hardest working NBA players ever
His toughness, longevity and training regimen to play at an elite level speak to this. Even after five championships, he was unstoppable. He has done justice to his self-chosen nickname from a few years ago- “Black Mamba”, showing he’s capable of many things his rivals do not even come close to – how he can score from inside, outside or mid-range ; pass from outside, inside or mid-range; play off-ball or within a system.
He can adapt as the game calls for. His excellent shooting skills and being able to get physical when the defense calls for it make him an all-rounder in the game. In his last seven game seasons, he didn’t sit out for more than two minutes – he played an average of 45.6 minutes out of a total maximum possible of 48 minutes. Even at his lowest he gives his best – he walked back onto court to take two free throws after his initial Achilles tendon tear instead of just giving in to the pain. He has literally and figuratively bled for the Lakers.
His career was brought to an end after the 2015-16 session
Mostly owing to his left Achilles heel injury and the knee fracture that followed. But for however long he’s played, he’s given his best each second and left no one disappointed. Truly, one who will always be remembered when the best in the game are spoken of.