Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: Their Top 15 Current Myths

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Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: Their Top 15 Current Myths
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I have a good friend who happens to be a staunch Portland Trail Blazers fan. When the topics of the Los Angeles Lakers or Kobe Bryant come up in conversation, his irrationality shows no bounds.

You see, to most Portland fans like my friend, the Los Angeles Lakers are seen as the same loathed enemies as Lakers fans see the Boston Celtics (except one rivalry represents the finest in professional sports). Thus, it is hard for these folks to see anything positive in regards to the Lakers or Kobe Bryant, as he is the biggest Trail Blazer assassin there has likely ever been.

Of course, success breeds plenty of similar folks around the NBA’s fanbase. No team has been as successful as the Lakers in professional sports over the past 30 years, and no NBA player has had as much success as Kobe has over the past decade.

Yet, it is funny how polarized many fans are when discussing Kobe Bryant. The amount of effort that some people use to try to bring down his legacy is simply incredible. Perhaps if this effort was used towards producing positive economic profit, this country would have already been out of the recession.

And the funny thing is that one doesn’t see this with other past NBA legends, such as Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. They all had more than their share of imperfections and flaws, but no one questions their greatness.

Most of the myths and lies associated with the Lakers and Kobe are built around cherry-picked stats and by using double standards.

Richard Belzer once stated, “If you tell a lie that's big enough, and you tell it often enough, people will believe you are telling the truth.” By retelling these lies over and over, many smart folks I know are even starting to believe them.

This article is meant to address the top 15 recent lies I have heard in regards to Kobe and the Lakers. I don’t expect to change the minds of Kobe/Lakers haters like my friend, but hopefully this should make a difference among the rational folks, helping to stop the spread of these lies.

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