Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
Most people consider him to be the second-best shooting guard ever behind Michael Jordan.
Yet, over the past year I have come to believe his career merits him being included in the top 5 players of all time.
Kobe recently surpassed Dominique Wilkins and Oscar Robertson in career scoring, and should soon surpass Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone to finish the season ranked sixth.
By next season he will likely surpass Shaquille O’Neal.
In fact, if he can play out only the rest of the three and a half years on his contract, he could also surpass Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
While scoring records are great career accomplishments, Kobe’s recent news on his right knee may cause him issues in achieving them.
By now, most people have heard that Bryant announced that there is very little cartilage in his right knee, causing a bone-on-bone situation.
Knee problems can be quite painful and have hampered the careers of several legends, including Penny Hardaway and Bill Walton.
As the Los Angeles Lakers battle for a playoff position, Bryant will need to play for his team to have any chance at getting a high enough seed for a shot at another championship.
To best preserve him for the rest of the season and playoffs, he should severely limit or skip practices.
The following list details several reasons it makes the most sense to have Kobe rest by skipping practices for the rest of the season.