He's the last of the old school greats. When he retires, there will be no player who can do what he did. Off the charts bb iq, off the charts fundamentals, uncanny talent for scoring. Unsurpassed will to win. The new nba is about athleticism, and speed. And stats. Not a worse nba, but different.
Kobe was able to win in two eras, the first being the early 2000's where there were extremely well-coached teams, with Phil and Pop and Riles. Although most say he was second fiddle, he was every bit as important as Shaq in those championship runs. Anyone who watched those series saw that Kobe was equally important in the first 3 rounds, but Shaq got the cfinals MVPs because he was able to dominate more against a weak Eastern center. If we would have squared off against any team with a decent center in the east, Kobe would have gone off instead, and the MVPs would have been his. No one says that West was along for the ride when He won with Wilt. He was equally important. It's just that Wilt had more competition to slw him down in the finals, so West had to be the hero. When Shaq was in the East, he couldn't beat the great centers of the West.
The second era was one of superteams, with mediocre coaches. The miamis, Oklahomas, and celtics teams are are full of stars, and led by guys that have little coaching ability. It's the talent of the stars that carries these teams, whether or not they have a real gameplan. Kobe and his team were able to beat a superteam from Boston, who failed because fake thuggery can only take you so far. At the end of the day, Kobe and Ron had more heart than Kevin and Paul and Ray.
Kobe will be missed. Not many guys can win in two different eras. Kobe has adjusted from one team to the next, and his legacy as one of the great is certain. His 81 and his scoring titles will augment his 5 championships, and he'll be remembered as the greatest scorer ever.
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