Why Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Give “a Bleep”

June 5th, 2010 by Max Goodwin Leave a reply »
There is only one person in the world of basketball that can be used as a comparison to Kobe Bryant's focus right now. Michael Jordan possessed a focus and work ethic unrivaled by anybody in recent memory of the NBA. But, the two have been unfairly compared many times since Jordan's retirement.

It's not that Kobe should not appreciate the honor of being compared to Jordan, but Kobe is now playing for his fifth NBA Championship. He is creating a legacy that legitimately stands by itself. No comparison is needed. On the day that he retires, Kobe Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest players to wear an NBA uniform.

It is his mindset, like Jordan, that seems to have elevated his game to the level he has achieved. It is his will to win that forces him to accept nothing less than a championship season.

In ABC's half-time show of Game 1, Kobe sat down and watched footage of former NBA great's and discussed how he had taken the moves of these players. He learned how to use his quickness from Jerry West. The way his body moves in the air is a recreation of what Elgin Baylor did decades ago. He imagine's his move long before the time to make i ...

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