Yeah good points. I think it also has to do with kobe being the only one who can cause another faction separate from the "lakers" faction. And since he's been a laker his entire career, his fans are naturally lakers fans as well. That and the fact that most kobe fans, like myself, have been lakers fans as well kobe's entire career, and want the team to do well, so we feel comfortable critiquing his game on whats working and whats not working for the team.
I'm a young guy and i've been a kobe fan ever since I started watching basketball. He's converted me, as well as many other fans, into lakers fans. I honestly can't see his fans just ditching the lakers once he retires. Thats all we've known for 17 yrs. lol