Kobe's Empire wrote:i was only on fire because "the champs" started this flame and i know other laker fans support my ideas and thoughts.
Make no mistake about it, this IS a debate, not a flame... at least not yet. This goes for both of you. As CL might say, "don't hate the player, hate the game".
Here's my take on it. I think Shaq and Kobe put in GREAT numbers and did equally impressive things for the team during our 3 championships...
However, nobody came up more in crunch time than Kobe Bryant. I disagree with the fact that he would shoot poorly for 3 quarters. His FG percentage would be below average if that were true.
Shaq is without question the most dominant player to ever play the game. Although he did come up in the clutch for us, Kobe was the guy who would come up big for us when we needed him, particularly in the playoffs. Kobe was dropping 30ppg and dishing out assists during the playoffs as well.
If you look at the playoffs, Kobe would penetrate and draw defenders and dish it out to guys who could get open looks-- whether it would be Fisher on the perimeter or Shaq in the paint. Unfortunately, Kobe's remarkable court awareness and his ability to penetrate with ease doesn't show up on the stat sheets.
There were times where Shaq carried the Lakers, but there also were times when Kobe did just as well.