Make or Break: Why This Is the Most Important Series of Kobe’s Career

May 30th, 2010 by Alex Rendon Leave a reply »

Kobe can't afford to just beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. He has to tear them to shreds.

As of this season, Bryant is known as the closest thing we have seen to Michael Jordan. And frankly, he is.

But a true competitor like Bryant, the guy that thrives on embarrassing his opponents for daring to attempt to keep him from winning, can't settle for being a carbon copy of the greatest player to ever play the game.

He needs to distinguish himself in some way from Jordan - and these Finals are exactly the stage for him to do it on.

The Celtics embarrassed the Lakers in 2008 and Kobe shouldered the majority of the blame for his team's inability to compete with the underdog Celtics.

Everyone remembers the image of Bryant leaving the court while green and white confetti showered the champion Celtics. The defeat of the Lakers was stunning in itself, but that was augmented because of how it ended – with a 39 point blowout of LA ...

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