#NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby The Original 81 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:16 pm

Wow. Just wow. Speechless...
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Nikez on Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:39 pm

They will see..

Kobe is going to be playing like he's 25 again this season and have "experts" calling him the best in the game.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby venky on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:15 pm

laugh my butt off at attacking my being a fan. whatever, I don't need to defend myself to someone i don't know or care about.

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venky wrote:Meh, I'm just keeping consistent with the hater logic that if you aren't the man, you aren't the better player.

Kobe wasn't really the better play back then though anyway. For a good 4 year stretch (99-03) Shaq was the most dominant force the League has seen in the new era. He was unstoppable. Kobe ranked a close second. Maybe 2002 Kobe pulled up even i think. But who cares what haters say? Kobe has the rings.

Oh for sure, I wouldn't dare say Kobe was better than an absolute prime Shaq. But that still didn't stop people from discrediting Kobe from his rings and using terms such as "he wasn't the man, Shaq was." I guess you're right though, who cares. Just sit back and watch the Lakers pass Boston.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:29 pm

JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:
venky wrote:This team goes as Kobe goes. He is our first option and our closer and he, not Dwight at this point, can be counted to lead the team to the promised land. .


What does this even mean?

I see zero argument for Kobe over Dwight. If you are a Kobe-fan first and want to believe he is still is the best then man up and admit it instead pretending like you are a fan of the team and not the player.

1. LeBron
2. Dwight
3. Paul
4. Durant
5. Wade
6. Nowitzki
7. Rose
8. Love
9. Westbrook
10. Kobe

That's about where I would rank Kobe with Aldridge right on his tail.


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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:37 pm

JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:
venky wrote:This team goes as Kobe goes. He is our first option and our closer and he, not Dwight at this point, can be counted to lead the team to the promised land. .


What does this even mean?

I see zero argument for Kobe over Dwight. If you are a Kobe-fan first and want to believe he is still is the best then man up and admit it instead pretending like you are a fan of the team and not the player.

1. LeBron
2. Dwight
3. Paul
4. Durant
5. Wade
6. Nowitzki
7. Rose
8. Love
9. Westbrook
10. Kobe

That's about where I would rank Kobe with Aldridge right on his tail.

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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby thkthebest on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:47 pm

I don't think JSMM's top 10 is bad... I'd put KG in the top 10 though and bump Westbrook out. Kobe would probably be 7th on my list.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Scnottaken on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:56 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:^^define "expert"......


This link shows all the people who voted....

http://espn.go.com/nba/notebook/_/id/8270141/2012-nba-player-rankings-contributors

Henry Abbott is on there, probably gave Kobe a 1. :man10:

I'd prefer the ranking be done by former players. They played against these guys, they know the game better then most of these pencil pushers, they know who's good and who is not.

I'd like to see the standard deviation of the votes.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby JoelMyersScrotalSack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:57 pm

I think KG was a top 5 player for the 2nd half of last season and the post-season, but I don't think he will be able to do it again which is why i left him out. It felt like he was just going all out bc he thought it might be his final season.

Anyway 8-10 are all really close and interchangeable for me
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:03 pm

Scnottaken wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:^^define "expert"......


This link shows all the people who voted....

http://espn.go.com/nba/notebook/_/id/8270141/2012-nba-player-rankings-contributors

Henry Abbott is on there, probably gave Kobe a 1. :man10:

I'd prefer the ranking be done by former players. They played against these guys, they know the game better then most of these pencil pushers, they know who's good and who is not.

I'd like to see the standard deviation of the votes.


:man10: I'd like to see the ballots.... Knowing how BSPN works I'd guess that they made up a list and then told the "experts" what the results were...... The "cross marketing" this list has already created for them is evidence that this is a tactic to get people engaged and listen to the Mike and Mike's, Skip and Screamin' A, PTI and so on because everyone of them is bringing up this list..... The guy who came up with this in marketing deserves a cookie.....
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Finwë on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:30 pm

JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:
venky wrote:This team goes as Kobe goes. He is our first option and our closer and he, not Dwight at this point, can be counted to lead the team to the promised land. .


What does this even mean?

I see zero argument for Kobe over Dwight. If you are a Kobe-fan first and want to believe he is still is the best then man up and admit it instead pretending like you are a fan of the team and not the player.

1. LeBron
2. Dwight
3. Paul
4. Durant
5. Wade
6. Nowitzki
7. Rose
8. Love
9. Westbrook
10. Kobe

That's about where I would rank Kobe with Aldridge right on his tail.

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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby venky on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:05 pm

Was I being trolled by that list?
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby karacha on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:09 pm

I think my IQ dropped by 10% after looking at that list. :bang:
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby LakerLegacy24 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:20 pm

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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:29 pm

venky wrote:Was I being trolled by that list?

I think so. No one is that dumb.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Weezy on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Finwë wrote:
JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:
venky wrote:This team goes as Kobe goes. He is our first option and our closer and he, not Dwight at this point, can be counted to lead the team to the promised land. .


What does this even mean?

I see zero argument for Kobe over Dwight. If you are a Kobe-fan first and want to believe he is still is the best then man up and admit it instead pretending like you are a fan of the team and not the player.

1. LeBron
2. Dwight
3. Paul
4. Durant
5. Wade
6. Nowitzki
7. Rose
8. Love
9. Westbrook
10. Kobe

That's about where I would rank Kobe with Aldridge right on his tail.

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Wow. Wade, Dirk, Love, Westbrook, all better than Kobe? Come on, especially Dirk, he stunk it up most of last season. Paul, Dwight, and Rose are debatable, LeBron and Durant are IMO not debatable, better than Kobe at this point. Dwight's great, he really is, but he had some stinkers last season, very low scoring games, which you never get from Kobe. Until I see Dwight be the man of our team, a guy who can close games with his limited offense and poor free throw shooting, I'm not calling him better than Kobe. And as for your comment that if anyone thinks Kobe is better than Dwight they are a Kobe-first fan and not really a Laker fan is just insulting and I really don't see what you're trying to accomplish with a comment like that other than bait people. Aldridge right behind Kobe? Please. Kobe was the 2nd leading scorer in the NBA last year, he's still a guy that can carry you to tons of wins, he's still elite, and there still aren't many players that can do all he does.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:45 pm

Weezy wrote:Until I see Dwight be the man of our team, a guy who can close games with his limited offense and poor free throw shooting, I'm not calling him better than Kobe.


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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Weezy on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:59 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
Weezy wrote:Until I see Dwight be the man of our team, a guy who can close games with his limited offense and poor free throw shooting, I'm not calling him better than Kobe.


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Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have Dwight, I do think he's the best center in the NBA, he just has flaws. I'm thrilled to have him because of his defense and rebounding and strength down low that allows him to score easy sort of like Shaq. His offense is limited, but he seems to consistently working on it so I'm not worried if he does become our franchise player. I just need to see it first, for the him to take winning and losing a little more serious and to be able to be counted on at the end of games.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby venky on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:03 pm

Weezy with the goods :bow:
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby lakers_09tv on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:04 pm

1. Lebron
2. Chris Paul
3. Dwight Howard
4. Durant
5. Wade (I have him over Durant when healthy.)

Rose in the top 5 is laughable to me.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:05 pm

Weezy wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:
Weezy wrote:Until I see Dwight be the man of our team, a guy who can close games with his limited offense and poor free throw shooting, I'm not calling him better than Kobe.


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Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have Dwight, I do think he's the best center in the NBA, he just has flaws. I'm thrilled to have him because of his defense and rebounding and strength down low that allows him to score easy sort of like Shaq. His offense is limited, but he seems to consistently working on it so I'm not worried if he does become our franchise player. I just need to see it first, for the him to take winning and losing a little more serious and to be able to be counted on at the end of games.


No...no.... I agree with everything you just wrote.... but the thought that he's our best player is way... way premature and based in no body of work that shows he can be "the man" when it's close in the 4th as you said..... I sincerely hope he becomes that guy but he isn't now.....
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby venky on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:08 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
Weezy wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:
Weezy wrote:Until I see Dwight be the man of our team, a guy who can close games with his limited offense and poor free throw shooting, I'm not calling him better than Kobe.


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Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have Dwight, I do think he's the best center in the NBA, he just has flaws. I'm thrilled to have him because of his defense and rebounding and strength down low that allows him to score easy sort of like Shaq. His offense is limited, but he seems to consistently working on it so I'm not worried if he does become our franchise player. I just need to see it first, for the him to take winning and losing a little more serious and to be able to be counted on at the end of games.


No...no.... I agree with everything you just wrote.... but the thought that he's our best player is way... way premature and based in no body of work that shows he can be "the man" when it's close in the 4th as you said..... I sincerely hope he becomes that guy but he isn't now.....

It's definitely premature. Dwight himself said he was excited to learn how to be a leader, meaning he doesn't know how to do it yet.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Weezy on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:10 pm

lakers_09tv wrote:1. Lebron
2. Chris Paul
3. Dwight Howard
4. Durant
5. Wade (I have him over Durant when healthy.)

Rose in the top 5 is laughable to me.


Do you have Kobe at #20 or even lower still?

Weezy wrote:
lakers_09tv wrote:Kobe is done as an elite player in this league. I doubt he is even in the top 20 anymore.


http://www.clublakers.com/lakers-gameday/sat-lakers-hornets-predictions-comments-t133810-200.html

:man10: Oh boy that's a good one, I think I'll bookmark this page and save that one for come playoff time. Not top 20, talk about an overreaction, name me 20 players better than Kobe, I'd love to see the list.


Been saving that for a while. :man12:
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby Weezy on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:13 pm

Yes Roos, I agree. Again, thrilled to have Dwight, he IS a franchise player, he is absolutely a top player in the league, but he hasn't proven to me to be that guy that has the drive and will to win like Kobe has, so I can't say he's better. I can't say you can't debate it because Dwight is in his prime and seemingly continues to improve, but he took his team to one Finals and while that was quite an accomplishment, he did kind of get contained by Pau Gasol that Finals, sometimes even downright shut down by him.
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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby John3:16 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:14 pm

lakers_09tv wrote:1. Lebron
2. Chris Paul
3. Dwight Howard
4. Durant
5. Wade (I have him over Durant when healthy.)

Rose in the top 5 is laughable to me.


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Re: #NBArank 6: Kobe Bryant

Postby jlkr on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:19 pm

D12 at 3 is reasonable. No one impacts the defensive end like him. Far and away the most dominant defender in the league. That alone is worth a lot.

Kobe has declined athletically. That's he still as high as 6 at 34 is testament to his skills and his fitness. But he is declining, just no way to get away from that. If the team wins at least one title during the two years left on his contract, I won't be surprised if he hangs up his sneakers at that point.
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