Kobe Bryant has the ability—and the ego—to be a one-man show. He's scored 81 points in a single game and averaged over 35 per contest over the course of a season
He also won five championships. The championships can't solely be credited to Bryant. Yes, he played a huge role in each of the five triumphs, but he couldn't get by without a little help from his friends.
Players ranging from Shaquille O'Neal to Trevor Ariza have helped to bring titles to Los Angeles. Each time Kobe has earned a ring, there has been a formidable big man by his side.
A few years removed from the departure of Shaq saw the Lakers virtually stealing Pau Gasol from the Grizzlies and shooting back to the top of the West.
With the Lakers trying to complete their second three-peat in the Bryant era, Kobe has stepped up and tried to inspire Pau. The Orange County Register reported Bryant as saying:
"Even when he was in Memphis and he was the go-to guy, he was always very nice. Very white swan. I need him to be black swan. Be an (expletive) sometimes."
Here's how Kobe and Pau fit the roles of the box-office hit Black Swan and how some other teammates would pair with Kobe in the film world.