The NBA Finals are the biggest stage in the world for a basketball player.
Those who can produce on this stage cultivate a different kind of status, a legend which endures beyond anything done in the regular season or the lesser playoff rounds.
Kobe's numbers last night—40 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists—put him in the company of some of the greatest players the game has ever seen. The Big Diesel, The Logo, and the GOAT himself are the only other players to ever produce such numbers on the greatest of basketball stages.
Let's take a look at Kobe's new club...