Kobe Tries to Cement Legacy As Lakers Pursue Revenge Over Archenemies

June 2nd, 2010 by Jonathan Mathis Leave a reply »

If he amasses his fifth ring in an infatuating postseason, the franchise that turned Kobe Bryant famous may want to dedicate and unveil a bronze statue of either the admirable or scorned superstar.

If so, the self-proclaimed Black Mamba will stand tall accompanied by the late Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, former guard Magic Johnson, and legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya outside of the Staples Center.

A couple of months ago, he became the greatest scorer in Lakers history, surpassing Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his unstoppable and fierce scoring as the most dominant finisher in the game.

Ever since capturing 25,193 points in his remarkable career, he surpassed (Mr. Clutch) Jerry West, the former architect of the Lakers during two dynasties. West traded for Bryant in 1996 and revamped a prominent franchise around the man who is currently the most competitive shooting guard in the league.

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