2010 NBA Finals: Kobe Bryant Will Win Fifth Ring with The Los Angeles Lakers

Geremy GrahamCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 29:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The mentality that "I will not lose" is hard to come by in an athlete.

What is even more rare is an athlete that believes he will not lose, but can also deliver on his word.

Kobe Bryant is one of those athletes.

Since the era of Michael Jordan, I have not seen an NBA player as clutch as Kobe Bryant.

The sheer will to win is overwhelming for opposing defenses.  When Kobe Bryant has the ball when his team needs him the most, there is no one in the NBA that truly wants to guard the Iceman.

What does it mean to have ice running through your veins?  It means there is no fear.  There is no pressure. There is no lose.

That is why Kobe Bryant is the most dangerous player in the NBA.  He will not lose when it comes to winning championships.

So I am going to go out on a limb and say, Kobe Bryant will win his fifth NBA championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Even if the Boston Celtics manage to pull away and gain the upperhand with a 3-1 lead in the series, Kobe Bryant's will to win is unbreakable.

In this series there are many matchups that are intriguing: Pau Gasol against Kendrick Perkins, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom against KG, Ron Artest against Paul Pierce, and Derek Fisher against Rajon Rondo.

These are important matchups, no doubt, but Kobe Bryant has the opportunity to win his fifth NBA championship ring. In my mind, that is the most important thing to consider in this series against the Celtics.

And knowing in his mind that he did not get the job done the last time his Los Angeles Lakers met the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals in 2008, is enough for me to guarantee Kobe will not allow his team to lose again.

If you have ever seen Kobe Bryant play this year, I'm sure you already know he does so much more for his Lakers than score a ridiculous amount of points.

He has his team prepared this time around against the Boston Celtics, and he will get it done.

The Iceman is the general and the coach of that team.  Without Kobe, I even believe Phil Jackson would not have been able to coach the Lakers to another NBA Finals appearance.

I think very highly of Phil Jackson.  I will be one of the first to tell you that I think he is one of the best coaches ever.  But Kobe Bryant is the biggest reason why the Lakers are making another NBA Finals appearance and the biggest reason why they are going to win.

It is rare to see a player that has the ability to coach and mentor the players surrounding him. Kobe Bryant not only coaches players, he brings out the best in each of them.

Ever wonder how Pau Gasol has arguably become the best big man in the league? I can tell you that Kobe Bryant talking to Pau Gasol at every timeout, every practice, and every chance he gets is the reason why Pau Gasol has improved so much over his years with the Lakers.

This is just one example of Kobe Bryant's ability to spread his greatness like wildfire.  I realize wildfire has a negative connotation, but you get my point.

This NBA Finals will be very exciting. High flying dunks, three point strokes, slick passes, and athletic plays will be plentiful throughout.

A series between the Lakers and the Celtics always is.  It is full of rich basketball tradition that will never disappoint basketball fans.

But this year, it is the Kobe Bryant show, and he will bring home his fifth NBA championship when it is all said and done.

Kobe Bryant does not know how to lose. It is not in his vocabulary.


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