Kobe Bryant's storied career includes five NBA titles, two scoring titles, a league MVP award and lots of cool moves and shots. Indeed it has been a nice ride for the now 33-year-old veteran.
Bryant landed in Los Angeles with one of the two greatest franchises ever, and a city used to producing championship teams. As luck would have it, Shaquille O'Neal was in his dominating year in LA when Kobe was just a rookie. Shaq had been to, and lost in, the Finals before. He wanted a ring.
After four years of working together Shaq, Kobe and Co. were world champs.
Bryant was on top of the basketball world. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers reigned. In 2009 and 2010 the Lakers made it back, without Shaq. This was Kobe's REALLY big time in the limelight. Giddy Lakers fans from across the globe were hailing KB as a potential GOAT (Greatest of All Time). Then 2011 happened, and the talk lessened and almost screeched to a halt.
In their excitement at the time, Lakers fans fronted on their own franchise and dismissed Kareem and Magic and West and others in favor of their new choice for greatest Lakers player ever.
Now, the talks are becoming more realistic as many are realizing that in order for a player to be the greatest to ever play, they would have to be the awesome from beginning to end and have almost no weaknesses.
It has to be this strict when deciding who is the greatest single player ever, because the NBA has had some absolutely awesome players. Here are the top 20 reasons why Bryant will never fit the description of GOAT, no how many titles the Lakers buy...I mean...win in the future.