Kobe Bryant: The Mamba's Top 10 Posterizations
Just as his moniker suggests, Kobe Bryant approaches the game of basketball like a black mamba.
He sits back, slithers around, and hits his prey with a series of sudden and deadly attacks. Whether he is driving to the bucket, sizing up his defender or gearing up for a clutch jumper, Kobe Bryant is always primed to strike.
However, this slideshow isn't about his dazzling crossovers or his amazing buzzer beaters. Instead, it will highlight the Black Mamba's lethal slam dunks over his helpless opponents.
Here are Kobe Bryant's top 10 posterization victims.
Here are the ones that didn't quite make it. But even though they were left off this list, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy them...
10) LeBron James
9) Vlade Divac
There was no better rivalry in basketball than that of the Lakers and Kings back in the early 2000s. The players always came ready, the tensions were always high, and the game always had big-time implications.
However, that did not stop Kobe from embarrassing the very man he was traded for, Vlade Divac.
8) Hakeem Olajuwon
If a dunk doesn't count, does anybody hear it? Hell yes.
Just take a look at this slam over the great Hakeem Olajuwon. It may not have been an official basket, but dunking over one of the game's legends must count for something, right?
7) Steve Nash
In 2006, Kobe Bryant turned in perhaps his greatest statistical season. He averaged 36.4 points, 5.3 boards, and 4.5 assists. In fact, it was the very season where Kobe dropped his epic 81-point performance on Jan. 22.
But despite his incredible year, Steve Nash came out with the league's Most Valuable Player honors. It seems as if Kobe was a little bitter, as shown in this dunk over Nash in the '06 playoffs.
6) Yao Ming
Dunking over a 7'6" man? That says it all.
Just watch and enjoy.
5) Emeka Okafor
In their attempt for yet another title, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2011 playoffs on a bit of a lame note. Their groggy play continued into the quarterfinals as they struggled to fend off the inferior Hornets.
But big players make big plays, and Kobe Bryant is a big player. In an effort to lift his team, Kobe provided this series with its emphatic turning point. Unfortunately for Emeka Okafor, he had to be the victim.
4) Kevin Garnett and Rasho Nesterovic
If you have gotten this far in the slideshow, that means only one of two things. Either you had the courtesy to read the entire thing, or you were simply absorbed by the pure awesomeness of Kobe.
Whichever scenario it was, I would like to reward you with a 2-for-1 special. Here is Kobe sucking the gravity out of the Target Center with his acrobatic jam over Kevin Garnett and Rasho Nesterovic.
3) Dwight Howard
It goes without saying that an NBA rookie experiences plenty of new perks when he turns pro. He might visit new cities, meet his childhood idols, or even chalk up his first big game.
But one thing a rookie doesn't want to experience is a posterization.
Dear Dwight Howard,
Welcome to the NBA.
2) Vincent Yarbrough
That was what 99% of the world said when they saw this ridiculous play by Kobe. I mean, you had pretty much everything on this. There was a near full court pass, a dribble behind the back, a reverse slam, and a poster.
As Kobe does what he does, Vincent Yarbrough just takes it like a man and jogs it off.
1) Ben Wallace
Many people say the original is always the best. That logic can pertain to films, video games, or television shows.
But this time, that theory holds true for Kobe Bryant and his very first posterization. Especially when it's over one of the game's greatest defenders, Big Ben Wallace.