Pivot Points: For Kobe, Numbers Paint A Picture, History Tells The Story

December 23rd, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant has found himself caught in the midst of a battle that he has no chance at all of winning. For some reason or another, scores of fans, pundits, and average people have held an obsession with taking an aspect of Bryant's game and going to extraordinary lengths to prove that it's not valid.

For instance, it's widely accepted as fact that Bryant is the closest player to Michael Jordan in terms of ability, yet there are people lined up with statistics in tow to show that Kobe doesn't belong in the same conversation with "His Airness."

Another point of contention among Kobe detractors is his reputation as a clutch player. It doesn't matter what your own eyes have seen, he simply can't be a clutch player because the numbers speak to the contrary.

Who cares that a poll encompassing the majority of the NBA says that Bryant is the player that they would prefer taking the final shot in a game, the numbers say he's more likely to miss the attempt than to make it.

Numbers are great to prove a point or make your case in an argument, but they are also useful for something else, proving greatness.

I could throw out some numbe ...

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