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Kobe Bryant: Does He Really Not Make His Teammates Better?
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If there is something that everyone knows about Kobe Bryant, it's obviously the fact that he is a selfish ball-hog who simply refuses to pass the ball. Due to this undeniable fact, he cannot be considered a top-tier player in the annals of NBA lore, simply because he is unable to "make his teammates better."

Okay, now that all that dripping sarcasm is out of the way, let's put that theory to the test. Logically speaking, by any form of measure, all of Kobe's former teammates (and current teammates) must have declined in terms of performance, or at least stagnated when they played alongside Kobe.

And again, logically speaking, when they left the Lakers, all of them must have increased their level of performance and posted better stats without the ball-hog that is Kobe being a ball vacuum and depriving them of the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Is this the truth, though? Let's take a trip down memory lane, to the dark times when Smush Parker and Kwame Brown were starters for the Los Angeles Lakers. Times might be sort of bad now, but any Laker fan who have persevered through those terrifying teams will know that the situation right now is still infinitely better than that of five years ago.

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