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Kobe Bryant: The Dilemma of a Lonely Hunter

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 31:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes the sweat from his face 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)
John Louie RamosSenior Writer IApril 16, 2009

Amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, one man strives to discover the true nature of his existence—at least in a basketball sense.

Kobe Bean Bryant, arguably the best basketball player to ever live, still is wary in proving himself worthy of the prophecy the basketball-viewing public had laid on him.

The critique's eye had been very keen on him, waiting for that one mistake that'll ruin his godlike persona.

He was closely scrutinized and criticized for his split with long-time hardcourt partner Shaquille O'Neal and for his feud with Phil Jackson.

His reputation was badly damaged by the sexual allegations charged against him.

It was often said that he cannot win a championship without O'Neal.

He was labeled as selfish, ego-centered, a ball-hog, and "uncoachable," among others.

When he performed brilliantly it was human. On the other hand, when he performed mediocre it was unforgivable.

Above all, he remained silent.

Hence, he continued to do what he is supposed to do. He won games and in the process winning the heart of legions of supporters.

Last year, he almost won it all. He was named NBA MVP. He played in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2004. But, then again, he came up short in winning his fourth championship ring.

This year may unveil a different storyline.

The lonely hunter in Kobe Bryant might find what he is long searching for.

He has played outstanding basketball all year long. He made his teammates look better and finally, he discover the true epitome of teamwork.

He was the key to the Lakers success.

Although this may not be his typical MVP season however this could play out as his typical prophecy-fulfilling season.

With the help of his talent-laden crew, he might prove critics wrong and eventually claim what is rightfully his.

At the end of the day, the bigger trophy is always given on the month of June.

Still, the dilemma and pressure to perform at a superb level is high but there ain't no stopping Kobe once he fired on all cylinders.

Not now, not never.

Through all those years, the lonely hunter Kobe Bryant might end his quest and feast on a game well-deserved for.

Only time can tell.

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