The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has already established himself as one of the top players in NBA history. That is not debatable. But what becomes very arguable is where on that list Kobe falls.
But unlike the players Kobe is compared against, he still has the opportunity to add to his legacy. He’s not done competing for championships and he’s not finished climbing up the scoring leaderboard.
This season is actually the one that is pivotal to Kobe adding and cementing his legacy. He’s racing legends and chasing the best.
Many already feel Kobe is one of the top two guards to ever lace them up.
In my mind, he’s still behind Michael Jordan, and probably always will be. But Kobe can keep expanding his resume, creating memorable arguments to that endless debate. He's still got more to give.
But this isn’t about Kobe versus MJ.
This is about Kobe building on his legacy. He is still in his prime, but now on the back side of his career. The window of opportunity for both him and his Lakers only narrows each season.
So here are the five reasons why winning a championship this year, more than ever, is pivotal to Kobe adding to his already lengthy legacy.