By: Bryan Borlongan
More than 10 years ago, a friend of mine approached me at school and asked me if I knew who Kobe Bryant was. I asked, “kobe who?” After that he left me and never talked to me again. Actually no, he returned because he asked for his ball pen. THEN he never talked to me again. Anyway. There. So when I went home I searched for “kobe” in the internet. The results were all beef, so I asked myself why my estranged classmate would bother to approach and ask me about a kind of beef. I was puzzled so I tried searching for Kobe Bryant instead and there, this Los Angeles Laker wearing number 8 came out on the screen. I started watching some of the highlights of this Kobe Bryant. And later, I started to watch his games including the games that brought Kobe his second straight championship. Of course, the Lakers would go on to win the championship in the next season completing a rare 3-peat. And then, would win again on seasons 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
Source: Sports Illustrated, CNN.com
Kobe Bryant achieved mind-boggling feats as his career went on. In 2003, in a game against the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), Kobe made 12 3-point field goals to tie Donyell Marshall as the only players in NBA history with the most 3-point field goals made in a game. And, as if making 12 3-point shots in a game is not enough, Kobe scored 81 points in a different game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. It is the second highest output in a game, just behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point performance.
As of now, Kobe holds the record for the youngest player to reach the 20,000-point and 25,000-point barrier. Last season, he became the youngest to eclipse the 30,000-point mark. In a game against the New Orleans Hornets December last year, needing 13 points to reach 30,000, Bryant scored 17 in the first half and finished with 29 in the game to achieve the rare feat.
Some would say that Kobe is the best player. I think otherwise but he is well on his way to being one (when he comes back better from his injury). For me, Michael Jordan is still the best player (as of now) to step on the hardwood. I think that for Kobe to beat MJ he needs to exceed, if not, at least duplicate everything Jordan did and had including those six rings and those six MVPs but he needs to hurry up because he is already 34 and he is not getting any younger each day.
For you guys, who do you think is the best player to ever grace the court?
Sources: • Wikipedia.org • NBA.com