Kobe Bryant's 10 Biggest Motivations to Win His Sixth Title

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIMarch 23, 2011

Kobe Bryant's 10 Biggest Motivations to Win His Sixth Title

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds up the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca
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    Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the greatest, most decorated players in NBA history.

    Kobe and the Lakers are chasing their third straight championship this season. If Kobe and the Lakers reach their goal, it would be Kobe's sixth championship.

    With all of that being said, what are some of the motives for Kobe wanting to capture No. 6? Some are obvious. Some are not.

    Let's take a look at what is driving the Black Mamba.

10. Kobe Wants to Keep One-Upping Shaq

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    PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  Co-MVPs Shaquille O'Neal #32 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Western Conference shake hands after the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference in the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Cent
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    During the press conference after last year's Finals, Kobe was quick to mention that he now had one more championship than Shaq.

    Don't think Kobe wouldn't love to announce to everyone that he has two more than his old teammate.

9. Miami Received All of the Attention Last Summer

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    MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  LeBron James #6, Dwyane Wade #3 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat talk during a game against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges an
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    After the Lakers captured the championship last June, they were put on the back burner with all of the free-agent hoopla.

    After LeBron and Bosh joined Wade in Miami, it seemed as though many just assumed the Heat were going to win the championship for the next decade. People seemed to forget the Larry O'Brien Trophy is currently residing in Los Angeles.

    Don't think Kobe and the Lakers forgot.

8. One More Would Tie Him with MJ

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    ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 9:  Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) #23 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars talks with Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) #8 of the Western Conference All-Stars at the 2003 NBA All-Star Game on February 9, 2003 at Philips Arena in Atl
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    If Kobe is able to capture his sixth championship this season, he would be tied with Michael Jordan.

    While comparing Kobe and Jordan's careers is an argument for another day, having the same amount of championships would make the argument more interesting.

    While catching Jordan is probably not on Kobe's mind as much as people think, I am sure it is something that Kobe thinks of from time to time.

7. Phil's Last Stand

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson (L) and NBA player Kobe Bryant attend Bryant's hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater on February 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Get
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    It seems as though Jackson will really be calling it quits after this season is over. There is no doubt Kobe would love to send Phil out with championship No. 12.

6. Kobe Wants to Win as Many Championships as the Alpha Dog of the Team

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    11 Dec 2001:  Guard Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers rests during the NBA game against the Seattle SuperSonics at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The SuperSonics defeated the Lakers 104-93.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Getty Images
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    Although Kobe has won five championships, three of those were won as the team's second-best player. I am sure Kobe wants to win as many championships as possible as his team's clear-cut best player.

5. Kobe Wants to Be the All-Time Greatest Laker

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Los Angeles Lakers basketball greats Jerry West (L) and Magic Johnson during an event announcing naming rights for the new football stadium Farmers Field at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, C
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    When it comes to the greatest Laker of all-time argument, the finalists usually include: Kobe, Magic and Jerry West.

    Kobe has already scored more points than West and Johnson, and he has as many championships as Magic. However, Kobe's personality and off-the-court trouble have often kept him from gaining more momentum in the argument.

    A sixth championship ring and another Finals MVP would all but guarantee him passing Jerry West. However, will he ever be able to surpass Magic in the hearts of Laker fans?

4. This Year's Playoffs Will Likely Be Tougher

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 08:  Derek Fisher #2, Pau Gasol #16 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a timeout during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 8, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn
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    Considering the Lakers will probably not have home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs, the road to the Finals will be even more arduous.

    Also, the team will likely have to start the Finals on the road this year if they make it that far.

    The road to No. 6 won't be easy, but it would make it all the more sweet.

3. Silence All of the Doubters

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket in the last minute on way to an 84-80 win over the  Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center on March 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    People have began to question if Kobe is too old to produce the way he used to, and some still question his shot selection and ability to lead during games.

    Another championship would silence the critics...at least until next season.

2. Kobe Wants to Give Other Great Players a Legacy to Emulate

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls prepares to shoot a free-throw against the Sacramento Kings at the United Center on March 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Kings 132-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    Long after Kobe has retired, there will still be LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose battling for their respective places in NBA history.

    They will all be using Kobe's amazing career as a measuring stick.

    Another championship will raise the bar even higher.

1. It Would Cement Kobe's Legacy Even More

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21:  Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant laughs with the championship trophy while riding in the victory parade for the the NBA basketball champion team on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers beat the Boston Celtic
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    Kobe has had quite a career to this point. Kobe is a five-time champion and two-time Finals MVP. In addition, he won the 2008 regular season MVP, and has been selected to numerous All-NBA and All-Star teams.

    Also, Kobe is now in sixth place on the all-time scoring list.

    Any more championships Kobe wins will just be the icing on top of an already fabulous career.


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