This is my first NBA article, I hope you enjoy.
I remember the first time Mark Jackson said "Momma there goes that man", as he dunked over the Utah Jazz and you could hear the chants of MVP.
Kobe Bryant is a 4X NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, MVP, 11X All-Star, 2X NBA Scoring Champion, 3X NBA All-Star MVP, Slam Dunk Champion, and made the first, second and third All NBA Team.
I would say that he is one of the greatest players to ever play the game but where does he rank. I know two things for sure at this point at this time.
One. He is not as great as Jordan yet.
Two. He is surpassing Magic Johnson.
Kobe Bryant is the best NBA player right now, I hear the argument of LeBron James but to me LeBron is no where close to being on Kobe Bryant's level as of now, but a few rings later if he gets them then we can have a discussion but as of now Kobe is the man.
He is clutch and he has showed some of the greatest shots I have ever see in the NBA, He has some of the greatest dunks I have seen in the NBA, and he is the most determined player and you can see he is in the NBA.
Kobe Bryant will have his place in history and has earned it. I'm tired of the people saying he won the Championship with Shaq back in the day and with Gasol and Fisher this time but to me the best team one with the best player on the team.
Kobe Bryant could be the first person to repeat twice with the same team and that would be history one man can influence a team like that to be in a slump and stick with the team and win a Championship with two different teams in the span of nine years.
This is the start of one of the greatest player career and how it came to this point in his career.
Bryant was chosen as the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets now the New Orleans Hornets in 1996, but was traded for Center Vlade Divac. He was 17 when he got drafted so his parents had to co-sign his contract until he could have it outright when he turned 18. He is the only person that has been that young and turned out to be that good since LeBron James but Kobe took three years to win a Championship and LeBron James has been in the league since '03.
In his Rookie season he became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game (a record since broken by teammate Andrew Bynum), and also became the youngest NBA starter ever, he also won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997.
He was runner up in 98'-99' for the Sixth Man Award but was the youngest NBA starter in an All-Star Game. During the season, Bryant signed a six year contract extension worth $70 million.
From 1999-02, the Lakers and Kobe would win three straight championships and become the first dynasty of the millennium.
From 2002-04 he came up short from winning his fourth overall Championship and did not make the finals in 2003 and in 2004 they lost to Detroit Pistons in five.
The Lakers missed the playoffs in 2005. In 2006 and 2007 they would not make it to the Western Conference Finals.
In 2008, the Lakers would trade for Gasol and would turn Kobe career around and would make Kobe the elite player he is. The Lakers would lost in the Finals in six.
Kobe Bryant vowed to himself that he would get his redemption and it started with taking over the world first, well the Olympics and won the Gold Medal.
The 2009 season would come around and Kobe Bryant would dominate the season and would win his fourth Championship beating the Magic in six.
Kobe Bryant is now 30 and has most likely ten-twelve years left and eight more good years left and he has the chance to surpass Jordan as the greatest ever and being the best to ever play the game no matter what decade it is.
My question to the B/R Basketball Community: Where does Kobe stand with the greatest? Will he surpass Michael Jordan? How many more rings will he hold and will he have to have any room left on his hands?