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Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, what can I say? I know most of you reading this will think I am a Kobe lover for putting him above coach K.
It's the opposite, I am what you could call a "Kobe Hater", but that will not blind my eyes from the truth.
Kobe is one of the best leaders we have ever seen in basketball, sounds crazy I know. To think if I were to have said six years ago that Kobe Bryant was a great leader I would be laughed out of the building.
Six years ago Kobe Bryant was maybe the furthest thing from a leader as you can get, but that was a different Kobe.
After going through serious rape allegations and a huge hit to his reputation after his verbal war with Shaq and his trade demand, Kobe slowly built his image back up, and to my surprise his ordeals made him a better player, a better winner, a better person.
Kobe took this and ran with it, remolding himself into a true leader. He began talking to players more and encouraging his teammates as well, not just trying to do it all, but being more hands on in teaching other players.
This new Kobe was well received by his teammates, which lead to his first championship as the leader of his team. Now coming off back to back championships, Kobe Bryant is considered one of the most vocal and best leaders in basketball.
But what makes him No. 3? It's the climb from selfish, moody, and arrogant to determined, passionate, and encouraging that makes Kobe such a great leader.
From being one of the most hated people amongst players and fans to being the games best leader is remarkable.
Kobe my not be a better pure leader than coach K, but to swallow one's pride and completely change the way you conduct yourself on and off the court for the better of others is what makes Kobe my No. 3 among leaders today.