Kobe Bryant: To Pass Michael Jordan, Lakers Star Needs More Hollywood Endings

June 21st, 2010 by Kendrick Marshall Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant has five NBA championships, a league MVP and is widely regarded as the best closer basketball in crunch time.

In the minds of many fans, analysts and observers, Bryant still lacks something that prevents him from surpassing or coming close to the throne of Michael Jordan. It's not statistical achievements, additional titles or even a burning desire to win at all costs.

It is those indelible moments in the postseason and Finals like Jordan had that we still vividly remember. You know like the switching of the hands layup against the Lakers in the 1991 Finals.

The six 3-pointers in Game One of the 1992 Finals against Portland. The shots over Bryon Russell, Craig Ehlo and Gerald Wilkins to end the seasons of those men and their teams. The 63-point masterpiece against Larry Bird and Boston in the Garden, and the Flu Game in the 1997 Finals against the Jazz.

That is why Bryant will never surpass Jordan no matter how many big diamond encrusted rings he slips on his fingers in the coming years.

Sure, Bryant has had some moments in the postseason where he has played the role of hero in the clutch. But not enough of them to ...

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