2011 NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Kobe Bryant Has so Many Haters

Courtney BuchananContributor IIIApril 30, 2011

2011 NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Kobe Bryant Has so Many Haters

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during play against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, L
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    You can go around and talk to everyone outside of Los Angeles and different people will give different reasons of why they dislike Kobe Bryant.

    I've heard everything from he's arrogant to he stole Michael Jordan's game. Everyone has their different reasons and opinions about Kobe Bryant.

    Here are five reasons why Mamba has so many haters.

Michael Jordan

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Former player Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls addresses the crowd during a 20th anniversary recognition ceremony of the Bulls 1st NBA Championship in 1991 during half-time of a game bewteen the Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the Un
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    Remember the Gatorade commercial Be like Mike?  Well most kids growing up in that era wanted to do just that. 

    Kobe Bryant watched Michael Jordan and he became more like Mike than any one else on the planet.

    Which turned out to be a very good thing for him. $100 million dollars and five NBA titles later I would say good decision by Kobe.

    Unfortunately, in a land of supporters there is also haters who refuse to let go of what MJ did and no matter what will always hate Kobe for it.

He's a Heart-Breaker

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball over Emeka Okafor #50 of the New Orleans Hornets in the second quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at
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    Most people won't admit it but Kobe will allow you to get your hopes high and then as soon as you do he slams the door in your face.

    In the last decade, no one has slapped so many cities in the face and ripped out as many hearts as the Black Mamba.

    There are fans and players right now still thinking what could have been if it wasn't for Kobe.

With Success Comes Jealousy

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (R) arrives with wife Vanessa at the after-party for his hand and footprint ceremony, held at Boulevard3 on February 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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    The hardest thing to do is to get someone to admit that they are jealous.  There is an old saying, "if it walks like a duck," well you get the point.

    A lot of Kobe's haters don't like him because of plain jealousy.  Can you blame them? He's awesome at basketball, and he lives in sunny Southern California.

    He has a beautiful wife, he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, he makes six figures per game and to make things worse he doesn't care how you feel about it. 

Shaquille O'Neal

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    CALIFORNIA - MARCH 6:  Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal on his 32nd birthday opens the Team LA Superstore on Universal Studios Citywalk in Los Angeles, 2004 in California.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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    Believe it or not, but when the Lakers traded Shaq to Miami this gave Kobe-haters more reason to hate him.

    Everyone talks about how much Kobe rode Shaq to three titles, but fail to mention how important Bryant was to those championship runs.

    Plenty of Kobe-haters still blame him for the "Big Title Chaser" being shipped out of L.A.

He Gets Things Done

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21:  The crowd is reflected in the championship trophy held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant as he rides in the victory parade for the the NBA basketball champion team on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers b
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    Bottom line is you can't step on as many throats as he has and not have a few haters.  All the greats who have come and gone know this.

    People call it arrogance but I call it not letting haters stop you from doing what it is that you do.  Unfortunately for Kobe-haters he wins championships, signs big contracts and lives an awesome life.

    No need to hate on him, it's just what he does.