There's Something About Kobe

TOsports.caCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 31:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers prepares to play defense against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 31, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Shaq might don a superman tattoo, but Kobe is the real superman in the NBA.  Who else can escape rape charges, in house fighting and former ball hogging ways and be unharmed reputation wise?

I love to criticize him but yet I would offer up my savings at BMO to persuade him to become a Raptor.  It’ll never happen though because his ego can’t fit in little ol’ Toronto. And why would it? It’s the same ego that sent Shaq running to Miami and made Phil Jackson call him uncoachable.

And no matter what I can’t really see Mr. I Changed My Number Just ‘Cause leaving L.A.  He has no reason to.  He has the rings and celeb status in Hollywood.  Why would he ever need to change teams? 

And being trading will probably never happen to Kobe because while other players are recognized as a commodity by their team, Kobe is recognized as the team. Period.

But how is it that this self-proclaimed loner has been able to remain a superstar on the court? 


This year’s co-All-Star game MVP is still able to produce his best NBA seasons to date.  And while some may still choose to hate on him, his presence on the court has to make them eat their words.

At the same time it’s easy to hate on him. He used to love to play the victim role.  If anyone can remember watching him on Beyond the Glory (Fox Sports Net), he explained how he has never fit in like we were supposed to feel sorry for him.

He talked about moving to Italy as a kid and then moving back to Philadelphia and continued to say that when he first got the league he was an outsider. He wasn’t into partying like the other players. Now, of course, we realize that he was more into having sexual relations with homely hotel attendants than clubbing with the team.

Either way, after the truth came out, the real Kobe began to show (tattoos, blinged out pierced ears and all) and that’s when I began to really appreciate him. Forget the rape charge and ball-hogging, Kobe is an I-Will-Not -Lose type of person. 

When he cried when the Lakers run for a four-peat were squashed in 2003 by San Antonio in the second round we saw that Kobe doesn’t like losing.

This season, watching the new hottest match up in the NBA, the Celtics and the Lakers, on Christmas day made it seem like the Lakers could have at taken it to game seven during the NBA Finals last year.  One can only assume that Kobe is setting up for a comeback this year and a repeat of league MVP.

Presently his three rings make him the closest in his generation of players to channel Michael Jordan’s supreme being.  Doesn’t the fact that a criminal case didn’t destroy him but only made him better prove that he’s the best?  I’d like to see LeBron, Wade or even Shaq recover from a scandal like that.

Michael Vick still hasn’t recovered from his ordeal and he violated animals not a human.

I think it’s time that everyone jumped on the Kobe bandwagon and, even if it hurts, admit that he is the best doing it right now.  If only I could trade in every shooting guard the Raptors have ever had to get me Kobe Bryant

It’ll never happen so I will continue to hate on him/praise his game from afar.  There’s just something about him.  You can’t stand him but you can’t hate on his game either.

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