It occurred to me when I woke up today that if the NBA Finals would’ve gone all the way to 7 games, I’d be waking up pretty excited right now. Instead, we got Kobe news. Again. And I gotta tell you, I really don’t know what to think anymore.
See, there’s Kobe the player we know (and love??) and hundreds of thousands of kids emulate. His stats are astounding to say the least. To sum it up: All-NBA honors in each of the last eight seasons (First Team in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2005-06, Second Team in 2000-01 and 1999-2000 and Third Team in 1998-99 and 2004-05), NBAâ€™s All Defensive six times (First Team in 2005-06, 2003-04, 2002-03 and 1999-2000 and Second Team in 2001-02 and 2000-01), A starter for the Western Conference All-Star Team in each of the last eight games (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1998 – no game in 1999) â€¦ Led all NBA players in voting for the 2003 All-Star Game, youngest player ever to score 10,000 – 16,000 career points, 1997 Gatorade Slam Dunk Championship, and most importantly, 3 NBA Championship Rings, in 1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002. A lot of people seem to forget that.
Then there’s the ugly side:
And the truth is, I don’t wanna put a link to that, because to me, that is not basketball. That is a player, a player of great magnitude true, but just a player all the same, making himself less of what he should be.
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