"What NBA Championships Mean To an Elite Player: The Kobe Bryant Story"

Shermura AndersonContributor IMarch 27, 2009

15 Jun 2001:  Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with the Championship trophy following game five of the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Lakers won 108-86 to take the series 4-1 and the NBA Championship Title. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw/Allsport.

I'm willing to bet the last 300 dollars in my wallet that Kobe Bryant doesn't care how many MVP awards he wins, as long as he wins the big one.

Kobe has to be one of the best players ever to lace em' up,  3 NBA rings, 11 time All-star, 8 time All-defensive selections, 10 time All-NBA selections, and 1 MVP award, but one thing that he is missing, that we all knows that he wants is an NBA championship where he is the only superstar.

You see when the Lakers won their last 3 championships, it was looked at as all Shaq with a little bit of Kobe, he was the side-kick and Shaq was the superhero, but when the Lakers had to pick 1 of 2 they went with the younger star that would eventually turn into one of the NBA's best.

Fast forward to the present Kobe has lost his last two finals appearances, one with Shaq and one all by his lonesome. But we as the fan knows that Kobe wants desperately to win a championship where he is the lone superstar.

He has been called uncoachable, selfish, and a former teammate recently said that it was horrible playing with him. Does he really seem that arrogant or does people exaggerate a bit.

All I see is a player wanting to win so badly that he pushes his teammates to be better on the court, and keep their eye on the ball. I feel that the players that he has surrounding him now respond better to his criticism, and actually want to win a few titles.

I mean Kobe did attack Andrew Bynum in a video that leaked to the internet, and there really wasn't a big deal made out of it, probably because Andrew doesn't have an big ego. I hear all the time that he pushes Jordan Farmar, I can tell by watching their body language that Farmar respects him very much, and all that Kobe is teaching him that he has to be tough to play in the NBA.

I decided to write this article because as we know the playoffs are right around the corner, and it has been a great season for the Lakers and as a fan of the Lakers i know that things will really pick up in the second season "The Playoffs"