2010 NBA Finals: In Defense of Kobe Bryant

June 15th, 2010 by David DeRyder Leave a reply »
If the Los Angeles Lakers do not win the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant haters will have a field day.

Bryant is one of the most divisive athletes in sports. Some people swear he is better than Michael Jordan. However, detractors dismiss him as a ball hog.

Regardless of whether you cheer for Kobe or root for him to fail, you need to respect his game.

First off, let me say that I am not in the "Kobe can do no wrong" camp.

I'm not naive. I don't think his desire to win stems from a deep sense of loyalty towards his teammates. I don't think he bought his wife a $5 million ring because he's generous.

Kobe Bryant is a flawed human, just like the rest of us.

The reason you need to respect Bryant begins with his infamous work ethic.

There may not be a harder working player in the NBA. He is never satisfied and is always trying to get better. Despite standing at "only" 6'6", Bryant enlisted Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon's help, to improve his low post game, over the summer.

(Just think if Dwight Howard was that dedicated. While the NBA is loaded with talent, it is short on dominant centers. A ...

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